Whilst the weather may have been a little disappointing, we have had plenty of reasons to feel patriotic this summer and to raise a toast with a glass of bubbles. What better way to do this than with a spot of English Sparkling wine? Another homegrown success story, it was reported that over the Jubilee weekend Waitrose’s sales of still English wine were up 350 per cent year on year, while those of English fizz increased six-fold.
So what should you know about this tasty English tipple? The soil in Southern England is similar to that in the Champagne region, which means that some of the better sparkling wines are giving Champagne a run for its money in international competitions! The grapes used are the champagne grapes pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier. The top names to look out for are Nyetimber, RidgeView, Camel Valley and Chapel Down. So if you have cause to celebrate and if the sun ever decides to shine, then why not try out something new? To find out more check out englishsparklingwine.co.uk or have a look in Waitrose, Tesco or M&S.