Wines made in England are growing in popularity around the world. They are great with so many different foods. White wines like Bolney Estate’s Pinot Gris are great with canapes, cheese, grilled fish, shellfish and smoked salmon on the dinner table. Rose wines like Balfour Brut’s Rosé are perfect with summer fruits especially fresh strawberries. Some vintners are making amazing red wines like Ridgeview’s Knights bridge are amazing when served with salt marsh lamb or cold buffet foods.
Production of English Wines Expanding
The number of acres being harvested is greater now than in recent memory with UK vintners growing enough grapes to produce over 33,384 hectolitres or about 4.5 million bottles of English wine. The number of planted acres has doubled in the last seven years with over 50 percent of the grapes being grown to produce sparkling wines while the remainder is grown to produce Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunie wines.
History of Winemaking in England
The beginning of winemaking in England is open for debate with many suggesting that the first vintners were the Belgae in the south and west of England as it appears the indigenous people preferred beer instead. When the Romans invaded England, they brought their love of wine along establishing many wineries particularly near Wollaston in the Nene Valley. As Christianity spread across the land, so did people’s love for this drink with monasteries being the largest producers. Unfortunately, when the Vikings invaded most of England’s winemaking skills were lost only to be rediscovered in the last 50 years.
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Best English Wines
If you want to drink the best English wines, then consider the award winners from the International Wine Competition. Receiving a gold medal is the 2013 Ashbury Brut produced by the Eastcott Vineyard using Seyval Blanc grapes. Also, receiving a gold medal is the Ambriel Classic Cuvée, NV produced by Redfold Vineyards from a variety of grapes including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
While English wines are more expensive that the widely available French wines, it is a difference than can be easily tasted. Therefore, consider buying wines from an UK Vintner today to accompany your fabulous food creations.
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