It has been a challenging and disappointing year for most in many respects, but one thing that certainly hasn’t let us down is the wine. It’s traditional for us to do a festive rundown of the ’12 Wines of Christmas’, but with so many superb wines tasted throughout the year, it was next to impossible to narrow the selection down to just 12 wines.
So this year the team has worked together to select the Great British Wine ‘Class of 2020’. It’s a chance for all of us to look back and reflect upon the best wines of the year, covering still and sparkling wines from across England and Wales.
We’ll be revealing a new category each day for the first ten days of December – so do keep checking back to see if your favourite makes it to our list. If not, feel free to comment below with your favourites.
Menu – GBW Class of 2020
Day 9 | The Innovators
We’ve seen a huge amount of diversification from Great British wine, from celebration of Pinot Meunier through to Orange Wines and non-traditional sparkling production methods. Here are some of our top innovators.
Langham Pinot Meunier Sparkling 2017
Selected by John:
“Pinot Meunier is showing huge potential and versatility in England at the moment (just see Sam’s choice too). This was one of most exciting releases of the year for me, and shows just how distinctive and texturally exciting this grape can be. There’s still lots more to come from Langham too, so watch this space for more boundary-pushing sparkling wines!”
Westwell Field Blend 2018
Selected by Hannah:
“When someone ferments a Pinot Noir and a Chardonnay together for a still wine, you think, hang on a second… but I later saw it somewhere in France too. Unfortunately, as much as I Google, I can’t find it. If you know about this, please send me a message. Anyway, back to the wine – aromas of juicy cherries and cranberries and that gunpowder smell that comes after popping a party popper. On the mouth, bright crunchy cherries and strawberries. An intriguing and fantastic wine to lure in the curious connoisseurs.”