Sam Povey takes a look at pop-up English wine bar The English Vine, who took London by storm last month with an extensive home-grown offering in Shoreditch.
It’s John’s first round-up of the new year, which features a trio of outstanding English sparkling wines as well as a selection of new still releases.
Stephen travelled back to Norfolk to visit Chet Valley Vineyard and meet owner/winemaker John Hemmant to talk birds and wine.
Chef Sven-Hanson Britt has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring his Oxeye restaurant concept to London this year.
Hampshire’s Black Chalk has announced continued expansion of its operations, with the addition of vineyards bringing the total up to 12 hectares.
Upper Lodge, a small estate in Ringmer near Lewes has just registered the world’s smallest vineyard.
The UK’s largest sparkling wine producer, Nyetimber, has announced that its 2019 harvest will commence tomorrow, Saturday 5th October.
Kent-based Hush Heath Estate are the latest winemakers to push the envelope with the launch of a range of premium English wines.
Sussex-based Off The Line Vineyard has launched trio of 2018 vintage rosé wines, the first to be produced on site at their own winery.
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LATEST SPARKLING WINE REVIEWS
WOTM January 2020 Ripe cranberry, wild raspberry, sour cherry and winter spice, this is a real wine lover’s rosé.
The complexities of this wine really stand out, interweaved with apple strudel and light cranberry notes forming a sublime balance.
A big crowd-pleaser of a wine, so packed full of fruit that it really appeals.
LATEST STILL WINE REVIEWS
An intriguing array of aromatics ranging from honeysuckle to golden kiwis, English pears and yellow grapefruit.
WOTM November 2019 Immaculate and Chablis-esque, with lovely hints of minerality, suggestions of toasted oak, tangerine peel and spice.
WOTM September 2019 Grassy and aromatic with plentiful tropical fruit richness thanks to the fantastic 2018 vintage fruit.