Category Archives: English Wine

Climate Change and Champagne

The Drinks Business reported last week that Champagne was getting too warm for the Pinot Meunier grape according to a number of growers in the region. The Champagne AOC has 7 permitted grapes: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris … Continue reading

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Wine: English or Welsh – But Not British

English wine seems to be enjoying a renaissance at the moment but you should be careful what you are buying. There can be some confusion over its labelling. You would think that British Wine and English Wine are one and … Continue reading

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Royal Wine – New Vineyard at Windsor . . . and Royal Vineyards of the Past

The press are reporting that the Royal family are setting up a vineyard in Windsor Great Park, which was for many centuries the private hunting ground of Windsor Castle, dating back to the mid-13th century. More than 16,000 vines will … Continue reading

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The Royal Wedding Wine

With Royal Wedding fever in full flow I spotted a news story today about a pub in Nottinghamshire that is putting a unique slant on the festivities. Roy Wood, the licensee of the Cross Keys, Upton, Nottinghamshire, has decided to … Continue reading

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The Most Southern Vineyards in the UK – The Islands

I was surprised to learn that our islands off the southern coast of England are home to a number of vineyards. The most south westerly vineyard in England lies on Saint Martin’s in the Isles of Scilly. The Isles of … Continue reading

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The Co-op Plants Vines in the Cotswolds

The Co-op has announced that it is to plant vines at its estate in Down Ampney near Cirencester. Down Ampney is a small village located just inside the Cotswold water park on the Wiltshire border and 5 miles south east … Continue reading

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The British and Bubbly

The Telegraph has reported that sales of Crémant have surged. Champagne sales dropped by 9% overall last year, while Crémant in Burgundy was up 6% and in Alsace – the biggest producer – by 8% despite the global downturn.As you … Continue reading

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Northern Wines

The press have reported that the first commercially-produced wine from grapes ripened in Scotland is to be launched, if there is enough sunshine. Hotelier Pete Gottgens is setting up Scotland’s first vineyard on the banks of Loch Tay and plans … Continue reading

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Northern Wines

The press have reported that the first commercially-produced wine from grapes ripened in Scotland is to be launched, if there is enough sunshine. Hotelier Pete Gottgens is setting up Scotland’s first vineyard on the banks of Loch Tay and plans … Continue reading

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Bordeaux Grape Vines, Gardening and April Showers

Making great wine starts with the vine and the growing of grapevines has its own gardening lore – after all a vineyard is just a big garden with one crop. It’s a specialised process but there are techniques and tips … Continue reading

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