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Wine of the Month: English wines

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In celebration of British Food Fortnight from 17th September to 2nd October, we’re looking at English wines.

English wine has been growing in recognition and quality over the last few years with wine producers popping up in the Cotswolds, thanks to our agreeable climate and soil. We currently stock wine from two local vineyards:

THREE CHOIRS VINEYARD

At Three Choirs Vineyard in Newent, the sparkling Classic Cuvée is a big seller, but the vineyard also produces a number of still white, rosé and red wines that are equally worth a taste. The story started back in the seventies, when local wine retailer, Alan McKechnie, started harvesting vines on his small fruit farm. Spurred on by the hot summer of 1976 and a bumper harvest, the farm continued to expand. In the ’80s, new owner John Oldacre grew the business, expanding it from a fifth of a hectare to its current size of 30 hectares.

Three Choirs has gone on to produce award-winning wines and became the first English vineyard to be awarded a Gold medal at the Vinexpo in Bordeaux, France. The vineyard successfully grows modern grape varieties alongside world-renowned varieties such as Pinot Noir and Bacchus and has adopted cultivation methods from the world’s most modern winemakers to produce its range of fine wines.

Warners Budgens Taste Club - Wine of the Month: English wines Try this: with flavours of elderflower and an aroma that’s reminiscent of the English hedgerow, Coleridge Hill is a favourite .

SIXTEEN RIDGES WINES

Nestled on a sheltered hillside in Ledbury, this vineyard enjoys a perfect climate in which vines thrive. Sixteen Ridges are successfully growing recognised grape varieties such as Pinot Noir and Pinot Noir Early alongside the less well-known cool climate varieties such as Bacchus and Solaris that are gaining a reputation.

In just one year of production, the awards are already rolling in: their Pinot Noir Early Red wine was the first English red to win a decanter and the sparkling cuvée, sparkling rosé, red and rosé have all won prestigious silver and bronze awards. No wonder the red wine has become a best-seller alongside the sparkling wines.

Warners Budgens Taste Club - Wine of the Month: English wines Try this: the Signature Cuvée is made using the traditional champagne method leading to a vivacious sparkling white wine with lemon, baked apple, honeysuckle and hazelnut character.

Taste club offer: £1 off Three Choirs Coleridge Hill 75cl

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Valid from Friday 2nd September – Tuesday 4th October 2016

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