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.
John Mobbs will host a duo of English wine masterclasses at The Albury Wine Festival on 9th June.
Rathfinny Wine Estate has this month seen its brand new Rosé 2016 and Blanc de Noirs 2015 chosen as ‘Sparkling Wine of the Month’ at The Ritz London.
Westwell ‘takeover’ trendy wine bar Sager + Wilde in Hackney for the launch of their new wines.
Sussex winemaker Albourne Estate has launched a first of its kind English Frizzante made from Bacchus.
Kentish producer Simpsons Wine Estate launches range of 2018 still wines and inaugural Classic Cuvée.
Urban winery Blackbook launches its first 2018 vintage wines including the first English wine grown and made in London.
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LATEST SPARKLING WINE REVIEWS
This wine’s price (£150) and presentation makes a huge statement but it’s Nyetimber’s quality and precise approach that makes it a standout.
A wine with lots of tertiary nuances, ripe stone fruit, red apple and hints of cranberry on the mid-taste with a delicious nutty, baked pastry complexity
Bright red cherry and cranberry flavours that soften to creamier textures and notes of warm brioche. Delicious!
LATEST STILL WINE REVIEWS
A classy English Sauvignon Blanc with a mixture of crisp green fruit and tangy, prickly tropical fruits.
WOTM July 2019 A curious fusion of ripe peach, hints of lightly grilled tropical fruit, with a twist of lime & smoky notes.
Intense red cherry and wild raspberry flavours, with a lick of black berry fruits and a reassuring savoury depth.