Ian has assembled a team with roots that stretch to Champagne but that are very pleased to be digging in in the southern England.

In part 1 Brendan Barratt talks to Ian and Antoine about Hambledon’s ambition for style, balance and precision. Although technical, this mini-series should be of interest to those who want to see how English wine is positioning itself in the fine sparkling wine market place with a determined focus on standing shoulder to shoulder with their French cousins in Champagne.

In part 2 we’ll be looking at food pairings, the terroir and what that magical food pairing is that English southerners will never get right (you can take the lad out of Yorkshire, but you can’t take Yorkshire out of the lad!).

In Part 3, Champagne trained winemaker at Hambledon, Antoine Arnauld takes us on quick tour of the winery and comes up with a controversial food pairing that we put to the test with the ladies…

 Hambledon VineyardGlossary:

Autolysis (“Autolytic character”): When a wine is “sur lie”, or “on the lees”, it is left in contact with the spent yeats that performed the fermentation. As these yeast cells break down, they provide an extra dimension of flavour, viscosity, and complexity to the wine.

 

Add your name to our confidential database to receive more tips from Secret sommelier:

The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.

 

Driving into the Entre-Deux-Mers region from the north, the vineyards roll out like a bright green deep-pile carpet across the undulating land. It’s hard not to be excited about tasting wines with so much heritage, as we head to Chateau-Sainte-Marie to meet with 5th generation owner, Stéphane Dupuch. 

 

It’s been a hot couple of weeks here trekking around northern Catalonia. From the homeland and backdrop to surrealist Salvador Dali’s world to dramatic remnants of the volcano park an hour away, this place is a land of rough-hewn vistas and rustic hospitality.

 

It’s a scorching summer evening in Regent’s Park and what is my glass is of premium importance. The fact that Britain is experiencing a thorough multi-day licking from the sun, is itself unconventional, as are the pourers at this evenings tasting: 4 wine producers from the appellation AOC Ventoux in the southern Rhone.

 

Carluccio's deli and restaurants are a high-street staple, where great flavours in food blend easily with quality wines on the list. Following the death of the charismatic founder, Antonio Carluccio, his spirit lives on in style and philosophy. Nick Breeze talks to Head of International Operations (especially where wine is concerned!), Mike Stocks about wine-list tips, food matching and the great man of "mof mof":

 

Winemaker and owner Nicola D’Auria greeted us at the entrance of this fascinating cantina. The winery and cellars have been designed by Rocco valentini in the shape of a vertical barrel in order to immerse the tasters senses in wine.

 

We use cookies to improve our website and your experience when using it. Cookies used for the essential operation of this site have already been set. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

  I accept cookies from this site.
EU Cookie Directive plugin by www.channeldigital.co.uk