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 world, however, it is the cellar operation which raises eyebrows. Take a look at the Metodo Ca’ Del Bosco:

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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 1970.

In the absence of a great deal of wine to write about during lockdown (short of emptying the stocks at at an inadvisable rate), I thought I would offer something a little different. Presenting Foiled, a short work of non-fact.

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Harrow and Hope Brut Reserve

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 thought it was worth a re-taste, 6 months on. 

This is an important one to taste for anyone interested in English Sparkling Wine syles. It takes a very convincing step in an interesting area – English Sparkling Wine and oak.

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Great Value Bubbles

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 come in around £20-25. It’s a bit of an in-between price point, below good champagne but above the basic party fizz/Prosecco market. There are some very, very good wines available. 

I tasted the wines in three flights of five in the following order:

  1. Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV, New Zealand
  2. Torelló Special Edition 2014, Spain
  3. Enrico Gatti Franciacorta Brut, Italy
  4. Langlois-Chateau Crémant de Loire Brut NV, France
  5. Tesco Finest English Sparkling Wine
  6. Ferrari Maximum Blanc de Blancs, TrentoDOC, Italy
  7. Griesel Riesling Brut 2015, Germany
  8. Hunters MiruMiru Brut NV, Malborough, New Zealand
  9. Raventós I Blanc, Blanc de Blanc 2017, Conca del Riu Anoia, Spain
  10. Reichsrat Von Buhl Sekt Reserve, Pfalz, Germany
  11. Recaredo Terrers Brut Nature 2016. Corpinnat, Spain
  12. Graham Beck Brut NV. Cap Classique, South Africa
  13. Berlucchi Brut ’61, Franciacorta, Italy. 
  14. ‘A’ By Arras. House of Arras, Tasmania
  15. Roederer Estate ‘Quartet’, Anderson Valley, California.

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Nyetimber 1086 Range


Check out English Sparkling Wine 2020 for a full, up-to-date report on 32 English Sparkling Wine Producers

A story with a beginning…and a middle

The intensity of the gaze falling on English Sparkling Wine can sometimes lead to a little warping of perspective. Words on the subject – including my own, I’ll concede – appear with enough regularity that the temptation is always to build microscopic narratives, find nano-patterns and talk about ‘trends’ whose appearance might rest on nothing more than a few thousand bottles. The more is said, the faster time seems to pass.

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