It all started in 2013. Little did I know that venturing into my local wine store in Leicester that my former Champagne drinking days were numbered? The wine presented to me was the 2004 Nyetimber Classic Cuvée. It was a game changer; my first ever tasting of an English Sparkling, let alone an English Wine, and it was absolute divine!
The freshness drew me in; bold and punchy, a vibrant citrus kick with characteristically English orchard fruit, underpinned by rich toasted brioche and hints of nut and apricot. This was the sparkling wine I was looking for. I knew on this very day that something great was happening in England.
Then living in Leicester, English Wine was not easy to come by – I discovered Chapel Down and English Bacchus. This new grape varietal was captivating and fresh, but simultaneously light and delicate – the antithesis of the cumbersome and over the top zingy New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that plagued the supermarket wines shelves of England.
It wasn’t until May 2015 and after having relocated to Surrey, that I ventured to the English Wine Producers Press and Trade Tasting. I arrived, eager-eyed and ready to see if these chance encounters were a one-off. Was England really ready to enter the global stage of world-class winemaking?
The answer was a resounding YES! Before my eyes rows of superb English Sparkling wines were there for discovery. This day was also my first encounter with Wiston Classic Cuvée, with Hush Heath Balfour Brut Rosé and with Chapel Down’s Kit’s Coty Chardonnay 2012. These wines would go on to inspire me to embark on a long journey of English Wine discovery.
The next day I sat down at my laptop, still a little hung over from the day before, but inspired to get the word out about English Wine. That same day GreatBritishWine.com was born out of pure passion and a want to create a platform to explore and to share my journey with others. Forget wine tasting pretention and rules, this site is all about what makes our fine country the most exciting upcoming wine region in the world!
MEET THE TEAM
Lead Writer & Owner
John is a self-appointed English Wine ambassador with a flair for wine writing, photography and communication. Founding Great British Wine two years ago, he has a large focussed network of followers and producers giving him unique insights into the emerging, exciting English Wine & English Sparkling industry.
Robbie is an unquenchable wine sipper with an appreciation for almost any and all wines, but a particular passion for Sparkling (English, no doubt), Loire Chenin and anything containing his beloved Roussanne. As a proud Welshman, who writes for a hobby, Robbie provides regular content for a few publications, but focuses on home-grown wines for us here at GBW.
Andrij is pursuing the dream of working in the wine industry, currently at retail giants Majestic Wine. Having previously worked in on-trade wine sales and as Business Manager at his family's brewery, Andrij has a great understanding of the many elements of alcoholic beverage manufacture and sales; from procurement to production, marketing, sales and business management.