English Wine Know-how, Misc, Sussex Vineyard Interviews

Good Wine Doesn’t Have to Cost the Earth – Sustainable Viticulture in England

Good Wine Doesn’t Have to Cost the Earth - Sustainable Viticulture in England

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English Wine Know-how, Misc, Sussex Vineyard Interviews

Fitz – English Charmat Method Producers & Right Royal Bastards

In 2016, three English wine enthusiasts joined forces to produce England's first Charmat method wines in Worthing, West Sussex. Fitz's resulting non vintage fizz, released earlier this year has already picked up an award from The Drinks Business and the trio's plans are set to grow this vintage with a rosé to be released in… Continue reading Fitz – English Charmat Method Producers & Right Royal Bastards

Sussex Vineyard Interviews

Sussex Vineyard Interview No 12 – Tillingham

Since reading an interview with Ben Walgate in The Buyer last year about his new venture, Tillingham Vineyard, I've been wanting to find out more. Eschewing chemicals and exploring natural winemaking methods is perhaps harder in England, but it is eminently possible as Ben is proving. Inspired by organic growers such as Will Davenport, Tillingham's… Continue reading Sussex Vineyard Interview No 12 – Tillingham

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English wine… in cans! An interview with new producers The Uncommon

I spoke to Henry Connell from London based The Uncommon who are the first producers to be making English wine in cans.

English Wine Know-how, Misc, Sussex Vineyard Interviews

Sussex Vineyard Interview No. 9: Nyetimber’s Brad Greatrix

I tried my first English Wine five years ago - a bottle of Nyetimber’s Classic Cuvee. I was astonished with the quality. A few bottles of Davenport’s Horsemonden Dry and a swig of Wiston’s sparkling Rosé later, and I started to realise what an exciting local product we had on our hands. Since then, I’ve… Continue reading Sussex Vineyard Interview No. 9: Nyetimber’s Brad Greatrix

English Wine Know-how, Sussex Vineyard Interviews

Sussex Vineyard Interview No. 8: Blackdown Ridge

When his Italian father-in-law suggested that Blackdown Ridge would be ideal for viticulture, a seed was planted in owner Professor Martin Cook’s mind. A renowned Histopathologist, Cook planted in 2010 and a first vintage was released in 2015. Set in glorious countryside, Blackdown Ridge is set on the highest point in the Sussex Weald and… Continue reading Sussex Vineyard Interview No. 8: Blackdown Ridge

Misc

The Shock of the new: in praise of new English Wine products

Originally published in The Grape Press, March 2019 It’s a thrilling time for the wines of England and Wales - production is increasing exponentially, and our wines continue to gain traction on the world stage. In a climate where consumers are keen to expand their palates beyond more traditional fare, producers are now keenly exploring… Continue reading The Shock of the new: in praise of new English Wine products

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Sussex Gin and Fizz Festival – 29th June

I’m delighted to be helping out again at this year’s Sussex Gin and Fizz Festival on 29th June at Southover Grange, Lewes. From small batch gin and fizz producers and live music to talks from experts and delicious locally made hot food, there’s going to be something to please everyone. This year, the day session… Continue reading Sussex Gin and Fizz Festival – 29th June

Eat and Drink, English Wine Know-how, Misc

Gospel Green – Traditional Method Cyder

Supermarket shelves seem to be full of ciders right now - confected, artificially flavoured, processed affairs which they have very little in common with Gospel Green's crisp, dry, bottle fermented offering. With numerous similarities with English sparkling wine, Gospel Green is produced using the traditional method used to make Champagne, Cap Classique and English sparkling… Continue reading Gospel Green – Traditional Method Cyder