Make the most of English Wine Week

Midsummer Hill. Lovely jubbly.

Midsummer Hill. Lovely jubbly.

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It’s the last few days of this year’s English Wine Week and there are no longer any excuses not to try an English wine or two. Both still and sparkling wines are securing more shelf space on the high street, from multiples to independents and the likes of Marks & Spencer and Waitrose are continually adding to their range.

If nothing else I hope that this year’s event proves to many people that there is a fantastic new wave of energy and enthusiasm being invested into vineyards on our doorstep.

One of the largest wine estates in the UK is Three Choirs Vineyards and its Midsummer Hill 2014 (The Wine Society £7.50) is a lovely, gently example of modern English white wine. Produced from a blend of four varieties, this is crisp and clean with a typically English hintof nettles.Try with a light summer salad.Top Tipple

Ridgeview Merret Bloomsbury 2012

Based in Ditchling in Sussex, Ridgeview is one of the shinning lights of the English wine industry and

are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Made from a blend of all three traditional

champagne grape varieties this a great example of just how good English sparkling wine can be.

Fresh with a fine mousse it has lively citrus fruit with real complexity and depth.

ItWaitrose £19.99 on offer from £24.99 till 2nd June.

Alistair Gibson is proprietor of Hermitage Cellars, Emsworth. Call (01243) 431002 or e-mail alistair@hermitagecellars.co.uk.

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