Sparkling future for English wine

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference English Sparkling Brut 2007
Sainsbury's Taste the Difference English Sparkling Brut 2007

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I have said it many times before, but it’s worth repeating that the future for English sparkling wine is very bright indeed.

We have now got beyond ‘watch this space’ – there are some brilliant wines being made by the likes of Ridgeview, Camel Valley and Nyetimber with more on the way. Last week saw the planting of the first vines of what is intended to England’s largest new vineyard, Rathfinny Estate in East Sussex.

Mark Driver, the owner of Rathfinny has said: ‘English sparkling wine is already very highly regarded and I hope Rathfinny will be compared favourably with the likes of Bollinger and Pol Roger.’

This month has also seen the release of a Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference English sparkling wine, made by Denbies in Surrey.

Top tipple

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference English Sparkling Brut 2007

This is classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier made in the traditional method

Available from Sainsbury’s £19.99