In the year 1215 King John of England signed the Magna Carta, a document which for a while held off a civil war with his Barons. As we all know this document is the first example of a written constitution… Read More ›
Wines of England: #7 Stopham, Pinot Blanc
Pinot Blanc is the second wine I have tasted from Stopham Vineyard in Sussex, another brave and interesting decision by the winemaker to grown a vine away from the mainstream of Bacchus and Chardonnay. The first was their excellent Pinot… Read More ›
Wines of England: #6 The Burgundy Effect, Part 2 Chardonnay
The Burgundy Effect is a chapter in Oz Clarke’s book, The History of Wine in 100 Bottles, and also a post on the Imbibe website entitled Beyond Burgundy. I intend to borrow the sentiment of each of these excellent articles… Read More ›
Wines of England: #5 The Burgundy Effect Part 1, Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is recognised as the “most challenging” grape on earth; challenging to grow, challenging to turn into a decent wine, and often challenging even to like! It’s like a stubborn adolescent teenager who just will NOT do what it’s… Read More ›
Wines of England: #4 A “very” English Revolution!
Our two sparkling wines drunk on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were classic examples of the wine revolution currently taking place in England. Chapel Down, Sparkling Bacchus, made from the grape of that name, and Hush Heath, Balfour Brut Rose,… Read More ›
Wines of England: #3 Stopham Vineyard, Pinot Gris
My virtual tour of England’s vineyards was part of our Christmas wine choices and included Stopham Vineyard, nestled in the South Downs of Sussex on the south coast of England, a 15 acres site planted with 21,000 vines in 2007…. Read More ›
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