English wine

Denbies Whitedowns Cuvée NV Sparkling, Surrey, England.

Grapes 100% Seyval BlancYes, you are indeed forgiven for never having heard-of/tasted Seyval Blanc. The reason this French hybrid grape is starting to see a rise in popularity in English vineyards (as well as in New York and Canada), is that it isn’t opposed to a little cold weather (something which England does so well), since it buds and ripens early.   Facts The time is currently 8:28am GMT and I’m headed back to the…

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When is a Wine Not a Wine? When European Regulations Say So!

The New York Times has reported that the Chapel Down Winery (England), recently crushed more than two tons of refrigerated Malbec grapes that had been air-freighted over from Mendoza, Argentina, in hopes of producing an English take on the popular South American wine. The problem came when it was time to bottle. Frazer Thompson, chief executive of Chapel Down, was told that he had breached regulations that prohibit the use of grapes from outside the…

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