Move over St George….

Friday, May 16th, 2014

St George’s Day went by last month like it has done for many years, without much pomp, ceremony or celebration. Which is a shame because if there’s one thing us Brits do well it’s a shared day of patriotism. Luckily though all is not lost, if you’re missing the Olympic style Royal Wedding of a Jubilee occasion to open some jolly good home grown wines and fear that the World Cup probably won’t deliver then judging by the sheer numbers in attendance at the annual English Wine Producer’s tasting last week, English Wine Week could be the next big Brit fixture in your calendar.

Here are some English bubbles worth hunting down, one for every day of English Wine Week:

Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2007, £39.95 (100% Chardonnay) Marmalade characters, bread and butter pudding, tinned mandarine segments and an extremely refreshing finish.

Wiston Estate Brut NV, £24.95 (34% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir, 33% Pinot Meunier) Super funky labels, very ‘New World’ in style, which not enough English wine producers have realised they are! White chocolate, cooked peach, citrusy lemon grass and herbal notes too.

Ridgeview Knightsbridge Blanc de Noirs 2010, £32.95
(50% Pinot Meunier & 50% Pinot Noir) Full, ripe, and intense, could easily be mistaken for Champagne.

Chapel Down Blanc de Blancs 2008, £27.00 (100% Chardonnay) Think raisin and carrot cake (Mrs Bouquet makes a great one!) full bodied and fresh with ripe orange notes lingering on the finish.

Ridgeview Bloomsbury 2011, £24.95 (62% Chardonnay, 19% Pinot Noir, 19% Pinot Meurnier) Ram packed with summer fruit salad characters and delightly english note of lemon biscuits. A good one for afternoon tea (just forget the tea!)

Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rose  2013, £26.95 (100% Pinot Noir) Bubbly raspberries in a glass, very refreshing.

Bolney Estate Blanc de Blancs 2009, £26-30.00 (100% Chardonnay) Move over Champagne, the Brits have landed. This is everything you could hope for in a good Champagne: creamy texture, luscious velvety bubbles, citrus freshness and tropical fruit depth of flavour with hints of caramel. Chin chin!

Check out highlights of what’s happening during English Wine Week through the new Miss Bouquet events pages coming soon!

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