Champagne Blog - English Sparkling Wine Blog
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If you like wine and you haven’t heard of the big English (& Welsh) wine boom then you must be living under a rock. With one million vines set to be planted in the UK this year, more and more Brits are turning their hand to wine making. Some are starting from scratch, others have studied winemaking at places like Plumpton College, one couple, Ruth & Charles Simpson, have even returned from their successful wine estates in Southern France to start growing in Kent, whilst others are calling in the pros from Champagne and elsewhere to advise on their wine production.
The predominant category is sparkling wine, made using the traditional grapes of Champagne and other grapes such as the Germanic varieties traditionally suited to cooler climates.
But sparkling aside, there are also fabulous still wines appearing on the market, such as the pinot noir from Hush Heath Manor, or very tasty Bacchus Block from Devon based Lyme Bay Winery.
What’s driving the growth in English wine production?
Introducing Taittinger in Kent: Domaine Evremond
Much of the wine news is rightly centred on the recent frosts that have now claimed some substantial victims in southern England right on the back of losses in Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Loire.
Bruno Paillard is a big name in Champagne, both as a man and as a brand. It was a pleasure to be invited to the launch of the Champagne Bruno Paillard, ’06 Vintage Blanc de Blancs and to meet Alice Paillard, daughter of the man, and winemaker at the helm of the brand.
We caught up with Vitalie Taittinger at BAFTA in London to discuss the joys of drinking old vintages of Taittinger's famed Comtes De Champagne, as well as her excitement for English terroir and a quick insight into the 2016 harvest in Champagne.
[Watch] Meet Etienne Défossé from Champagne Deutz, giving us a tasting note and food pairing for their vintage 2008 blanc de blancs. This is a historic champagne from the Marne valley that has a great pedigree and is part of what makes Champagne such a wonderful region to explore.