There was a fantastic initiative recently which ran on Good Friday called #TheBigEnglishWineGoodFriday organised by Jacob Leadley of Black Chalk Wines to encourage people to open a bottle of English wine on Good Friday and support the industry. It was amazing to see how many people engaged with this and I watched a great Insta Live chat run by Brad from WineTimeLondon talking with Mike from Dalwood Vineyards, Dermot from Sugrue and Owen of Hush Heath.
English wine is really gaining momentum at the movement and deservedly so, the quality is great. So as it's St. George's Day tomorrow here are my recommendations of English wines I've tasted and enjoyed - please note I haven't tried a really extensive range so this is just my selection:
Chapel Down - love their wines and drink them regularly - particular fan of their Bacchus and Kit's Coty range.
Nyetimber - smart wines, particularly their Tillington Single Vineyard if a little bit pricey.
Hattingley Valley - their classic and rosé are delicious
Dalwood Vineyards - really interesting wines as use Seyval, Madeline Angervine and Solaris.
Langham Wines - was really impressed by their wines and they're based in the beautiful Dorset! (no prizes for guessing where i'm from)
Black Book - an urban winery just up the road from my house - very impressive Chardonnays.
Sugrue - Dermot Sugrue's wines are something else - he's a very talented winemaker.
Bride Valley - another Dorset gem from wine legend Steven Spurrier.
Gusborne - beautiful wines in beautiful packaging
Three Choirs - We took their Bacchus which I bought from the fab BIB Wine company on holiday last summer and will be doing so again this year - as soon as we're allowed out!
Woodchurch - just down the road from Chapel Down, a small vineyard but cracking wines, especially their Blanc de Blancs.
So just a selection above and all of these wineries are delivering direct at the moment and some have some good Lockdown offers on.
If you are looking for more general info on English Wines then check out the following websites:
Wine GB - all the info you need on all the wines of Great Britain.
Great British Wine - a great resource of reviews on a wide selection of English & Welsh wines established by John Mobbs.
So get drinking more English wines folks!