It's been another stellar year for English wine, with world-class sparkling wines as well some of the best still wines this country has ever produced. As usual, I have taken the festive occasion as a chance to revisit some of my favourite and most memorable wines of the year. These wines are all perfect for sharing with friends and relatives over the holiday period, and also fantastic for pairing with delicious festive fare.
I do hope you enjoy this line-up, and please feel free to suggest what English wines you may be drinking this Christmas in the comments box below.
Be sure to check back regularly as I will be revealing a new wine each day between the 1st and the 12th of December.
Coolhurst Lady Elizabeth Rosé 2015
A deep and decadent rosé
Beautifully presented, this 100% Pinot Noir Rosé from Coolhurst is elegant and profound. Its intense character makes it great with food as well as for a festive toast.
Engaging on the palate, with bright red cherry and cranberry flavours that soften to creamier textures and notes of warm brioche.
- Buy from Coolhurst - £42.00
Denbies Ranmore Hill 2017
An attention-grabbing white blend
A vibrant, textured palate that grabs you with both hands, and just doesn’t want to let go.
Fresh, crisp green fruit and fleshy white peach, the finish is long and drawn-out with floral and hedgerow flavours and just a hint of spice.
- Buy from Denbies Wine Estate £14.95
Squerryes Vintage Brut Reserve 2014
A rich and confident Brut
The palate is very well-structured, pleasingly crisp at first bite, before a riper pear and white peach streak takes hold.
A balance of ripe depth and fresh cut-through makes this young 2014 a superb and versatile food pairing wine.
- Buy from Squerryes Winery £32.00
Biddenden Gamay Noir 2018
A beautifully concentrated red
This has got to be one of the English wine surprises of the year. It’s a true 100% English grown Gamay red wine made by Kentish wine pioneers, Biddenden.
It’s all about the intense red cherry and wild raspberry flavours, with a lick of black berry fruits and a reassuring savoury depth. Fantastic value, too, for an English red.
- Buy from Heritage Wines - £15.50
Greyfriars Blanc de Noirs NV
A complex but great value sparkling
A striking nose of red apple, candy floss, lemon zest and dried orange peel; it's so very appealing!
This delicious Blanc de Noirs is packed full of character, nuance and interest. Crisp orchard fruit leads to fuller notes of honeyed apricot and delicious biscuit and savoury hues.
- Buy from Greyfriars Vineyard - £30.00