Bride Valley brut reserve, 2014, Dorset, England.

under 50 blueWe thoroughly enjoyed this racey little number from England's finest county.. seductive fruit, long enjoyable mouth feel. Light bodied. As far as analogies go, try the accelerating Tesla, pulling away across the palate, silent but exhilarating. A great sensation...

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Bride Valley Vineyard: A Spurrier family affair - An interview with Steven Spurrier

Many people along the jurassic coast might well be asking themselves, “Is that Champagne they’re making over there?” The answer is no it is not, but it is high quality sparkling wine that is as much a product of ancient geology as it is of contemporary climate. Add to that the expertise of one of the world’s most well known wine experts and what ends up in your glass is bound to give you pause for pleasure. 

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Martini Asti: a bright fruity crowd pleaser or perfect digestif

under 10 mintIt might feel like a bit of a throw back but this humbly priced Martini Asti spumante is a supermarket bargain. More relaxed as fizz goes with plenty of fresh peach aromas, this low alcohol wine is the perfect after dinner sweet.

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Judgement of London dispels "Numpty" myth but...

In the basement level St James’s Room at 67 Pall Mall, London, the glasses were well and truly out for the tasting that aimed to test the assertion of celebrity chef, Marco Pierre White, that only a “total numpty” would buy English wine.

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Crémant de Bordeaux bubbly delivers on quality & price

We talk a lot about fizz on this site and I personally adore sampling sparkling wine from as many regions or producers as possible. With our retailers offering an ever broader selection of bubbles at varying price points, it has been pleasing to see crémant take such a mainstream position in bottle shops and supermarkets. 

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Comment: UK Champagne importer & educator Tim Hall on #JoL

Tim Hall from Scala Wine is a well known Champagne expert and importer specialising in a very carefully selected list of wines. A tasting that pits the NKOTB, English Sparkling, with the established global standard for what sparkling wine actually is, Champagne, did not escape his radar. Gratefully he shares his response here:

I think it is great. and I am entirely comfortable. It's all part of the fun of assessing wine - this is a wine specialist club, not a bench marking official outfit. Steven is obviously part of the story of this kind of face-off so a no-brainer for the club's marketing. I'm glad a club I am a member of is doing this tasting.

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Comment: Champagne Pannier's Terence Kenny on #JoL

We’ve heard a mixed response to the Steven Spurrier’s imminent ‘Judgement of London’ tasting, ranging from excitement to outrage. In this thoughtful reply to my email, and whether you agree with him or not, Terence Kenny speaks with decades of industry experience:

Knowing Steven Spurrier and his inquisitive well directed love for wine, what he is doing is good and I am glad that he is doing and not some 27 year old geek with a shelf full of half read books and 500 posts on facebook about wine. Spurrier is legitimate. 

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