Tom behind the SEW bar @ Three Wine Men, Manchester
Following a superb event in Manchester at the Three Wine Men last week (see above), the coming week is looking to be fun and frivolous in a fortunate turn of events, English Wine Week (an EWP initiative to promote English wines nationwide) coincides with our very own Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. We are hoping to encourage more people to try English sparkling wine this week, with a couple of initiatives.
Firstly, in conjunction with our friends at Ten Green Bottles in Brighton, we are running an afternoon of English wine at there Wine Shop & Tasting Room on Jubilee Tuesday, the 5th June, next week. We will be serving a wide range of English wines by the glass, and will have a few producers showing their faces for a few hours at a time, including Bolney Wine Estate, Albourne Vineyard and Court Garden, all very local to the Brighton…
The second piece of news is that we have (just in time for Jubilee!) installed a Sparkling English Wine stand with six producers’ wines in Flagship Wines, a superb established wine shop near to St Albans run by the brilliant Julia Jenkins. The selection of wines that they have in store now are Court Garden’s Classic Cuvée 2009, English Oak Engelmann Cuvée 2009, Jenkyn Place Sparkling Rosé 2008, Limney Estate Blanc de Blancs 2006, Ridgeview Merret Knightsbridge Blanc de Noirs 2009 and Meonhill Réserve NV. If you’re in the neighbourhood, stop by and ask Julia for her opinions and pick up some superb English fizz for the weekend!
As the French say, ‘Bon weekend à tout!’
Downs View (Devil's Dyke is the left of the humps)
Albourne Vineyard have a delicate slice of paradise not far from the South Downs in Albourne, East Sussex. With a beautiful view southwards, lie the South Downs and well known Devil’s Dyke, making it one of the closest vineyards to Brighton.
Albourne’s vineyard is made up of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot noir vines which go into creating the blend for their award-winning Gaultsbrook 2009, (so called owing to the brook that runs below the vineyard providing excellent drainage). With a pale gold appearance with a small and delicate bead, leading onto a nose of melon, and English apples this delicate wine also has hints of yeast from the autolysis. The palate has a perfectly balanced sweetness / acidity ratio, offers a refreshing burst of bubbles and a freshness that is English through and through.
Gaultsbrook ready to hit your table...
At the recent IWSC awards, this wine picked up a bronze medal, making it one of the many fabulous English sparklers proving their worth in international competitions this year…
Find out more about Gaultsbrook and Albourne Vineyard here.
We are pleased to announce that the winner of our Jubilee Celebration Pack, consisting of six fantastic wines from producers all over the south of England is:
Julie Kenny from Liverpool!
The package is on it’s way to her now and should arrive before any of the Jubilee’s festivities begin this weekend…
We will continue to sell the Jubilee Celebration Pack, so those that didn’t win the Facebook competition have the opportunity to pick up that or any of our other mixed cases or single bottles.
Thanks to all those who entered, and we are greatly appreciative of the support and likes on Facebook.
Sorry if you didnt win this time, but please stick around on our mailing list and on our Facebook page, as there will be more exciting chances to win the best English sparkling wines, tickets to events and other goodies in the coming months!
Wondering what all the fuss is about? Haven’t tried a bottle of English fizz yet?
We have a special discount code for you for this weekend only: QUICK10
Simply enter this at the checkout to get 10% off your order (excluding delivery)!
Don’t forget to look at our recommendations and specials..!
For those who are not avid followers of the BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’, tonight’s episode showcases English wine!
The teams are charged with creating a new image for the English sparkling wine industry, designing a website and online marketing campaign, and perhaps even suggesting a generic name..?
With the The Apprentice’s wide following, we hope that to many people, who have until now been unaware, their attention will be drawn to the multitude of fantastic producers that are creating delicious wines in England. - follow us and the #theapprentice and #apprentice trending…
See a sneak preview of the show here on BBC’s website. BBC 1 at 9pm. Don’t miss it!
We have compiled a Jubilee Celebration Pack including wines from a variety of top producers, large and small, to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee year.
With wines from six top producers spanning four counties: Dorset (English Oak Vineyard and Furleigh Estate), Hampshire (Jenkyn Place Vineyard), Sussex (Nyetimber and RidgeView Estate) and Kent (Gusbourne Estate), we’ve compiled a selection of two rosés, one blanc de blancs and three classic cuvées that offers any party a range of outstanding wines with which to celebrate…
This pack includes the recently released RidgeView Merret Victoria 2009 made using the saignée method rosé from 63% Pinot meunier and 37% Pinot noir worthy of our Queen! Also included are the Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2003, Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2007, Furleigh Estate Classic Cuvée 2009, Jenkyn Place Sparkling Rosé 2008, and the English Oak Engelmann Cuvée 2009.
Order yours here now for parties, or just to have a great selection of wines in your cellar!