Great British wine….

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

nyetimber-bdb_on blackI’m completely preoccupied with the thought of going away. Mr Bouquet and I are off to the south of France at the end of the month dependent of course on the continued calm of Eyjafjallajokull’s temper. So desperate am I for some R&R that I’d like to think nothing could stop us, but although I love the Eurostar and can tolerate the odd Ferry journey, life without passenger planes is another thing altogether. I’d never get to visit those far flung and fabulous new world wine producing countries, I’d have to make do with Europe, quelle horreur!

Having said that I was delighted to discover that extensive travel is no longer required to get my wine-fix. In fact it’s no longer necessary to even leave our shores as it turns out the hype surrounding our very own English sparkling wines is more than just a dig in les ribs français, we really are producing wines that rival those of Champagne. Try these two for starters if you don’t believe me:

Ridgeview Merret Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs 2006, produced on the south downs of Sussex from 100% chardonnay and made using the traditional champagne method of production. It is rich with white chocolate and pain au raisin flavours, a steal at £20.85 from Waitrose.

Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2001
is full of rich fruit cake flavours and has a complexity that some champagnes would dream of, excellent acidity on the finish too. £30.60 from the great British wine merchant Berry Brothers & Rudd www.bbr.com

Miss Bouquet’s top tip:
If the election fiasco hasn’t removed every patriotic cell from your body then you may be interested to know that it’s English Wine Week this week from 29th May – 6th June. For a full list of events and activities visit www.englishwineweek.co.uk

This article has been published in the June 2010 issue of The Notebook, Kensington & Chelsea.

Wednesday 2nd June 2010

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