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  • Simpsons Wine Estate - Staying Nimble in East Kent

    Simpsons Wine Estate – Staying Nimble in East Kent

    There are a few ways to maintain a large wine estate in England. The most obvious is simply to accrue enough capital elsewhere to be able to bludgeon weather, yields, ...
    Frühburgunder - Out of The Shadows?

    Frühburgunder – Out of The Shadows?

    We all have our dream pub quiz questions. Our fantasy tiebreakers. Here's mine: Q. Which grape variety is allowed in the English Quality Sparkling Wine PDO that is not allowed ...
    Ca' Del Bosco Annamaria Clementi 2010 - A Lesson in Care

    Ca’ Del Bosco Annamaria Clementi 2010 – A Lesson in Care

    Ca' Del Bosco are one of the most important producers of sparkling wine outside Champagne. They are growers, holding 220 hectares of prime Franciacorta vineyard, farmed organically. In the winemaking ...
    Foiled

    Foiled

    I recently posted on Twitter a copy of Patrick Forbes' Champagne; The Wine, The Land, The People which I had just bought second hand. Inside was a dedication above, dated ...
    Harrow and Hope Brut Reserve

    Harrow and Hope Brut Reserve No. 4

    A Stylistic Marker? Although most individual wines are now found in the new Tasting Notes archive, this was one of the star performers in English Sparkling Wine 2020 so I ...
    Great Value Bubbles

    Fine Bubbles for Less Than £25?

    In the absence of any kind of organised, comparative tastings during Covid-19 lockdown, I thought it would be fun to put together a tasting of fifteen Traditional Method wines that ...