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English Wines

If you head to the supermarket you'll find that the mint is from Israel, the apples from New Zealand and the green beans from Kenya. It seems like the term "made in England" is vanishing rapidly before our eyes. Except, that is, in the field of wine...

The reputation of English fizz grows each year, they beat famous brand Champagnes in blind tastings increasingly regularly to win accolades such as “Best International Sparkling Wine” and “World's Best Sparkling Rose”. And this is hardly surprising; we Brits do know a thing or two about the subject. Not only is the UK one of the World's biggest consumers of sparkling wine (importing around 1.7 billion bottles of Champagne a year and generally consuming more than America, Germany and Belgium combined each year), but the history books seem to even suggest that we invented it, although this is an argument we'll leave to the French and the English wine producers.

We have been really impressed with the fizz. The fact that these wines are so good is practically a miracle. English agricultural space is chewed up for housing and as you will no doubt have lamented from time to time, the UK is damp, cold and lacks sunshine (2012 was not great for the vineyard, however Kent still produced some very solid wines). When the weather permits, the still white wines make for refreshing and aromatic summer drinking. So if you haven't tried English wine yet or the patriotism promoted by the Olympics, the royal wedding and the Jubilee has started to dwindle, pop one of these in your basket...

Oh and finally, watch this space for another Oddbins original as Dan in our Chorlton shop is currently cultivating vines in Manchester!

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  1. Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve

    Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve 2013

    £32.00

    £32.00

    The vines responsible for this distinguished, heavenly sparkling wine hail from across the water in Champagne but, boy, are they thriving in Kent.

    Yes the 'Garden of England', with its warm summers, tempered by the cooling North Sea breeze seems to agree very well indeed with these Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier cultivars, resulting in wines like this incredibly popular, lemony, nutty, toffee apple-esque corker. Channel hopping never tasted so good.

  2. Gusbourne Rosé Sparkling Wine

    Gusbourne Sparkling Rosé 2012

    £35.00

    £35.00

    Appledore sounds like a realm from Lord of the Rings, populated by wizards, hobbits and dragons. But it's not; it's the sleepy home to Gusbourne Estate in rural Kent. However, this fizz tastes so good that you may be forgiven for thinking that sorcery has been involved in its production.

    The vines were pinched from Champagne, but the result is very British. With a hue as delicate as an English rose, this is packed with gently spiced biscuits, shortcake, strawberries, cream, red apples and charm. Watch out for Gollum, this is exceedingly precious.

  3. Lyme Bay Bacchus British White Wine

    Lyme Bay Sandbar 2015

    £14.00

    £14.00

    Lyme Bay Sandbar is a delicious off-dry, crisp wine made with the bacchus grape that displays refreshing characters of grapefruit, nettle & elderflower, with an exceptionally long finish.

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