Who doesn’t love a fine wine? Of everything that the Romans brought to our green and pleasant land, the first grape vines must surely be the most prized.
So inspired are we by this marvellous nectar that what began as a cottage industry in England has exploded into more than 400 vineyards in the UK.
But how many of us have actually tried an English wine? It wouldn’t be nearly as many as those of us who have sampled a Chilean or South African variety. Perplexing when you consider that we, as a nation, have become obsessed with buying local and we are so passionate about our ales and microbreweries. It begs the question, why don’t we support our vineyards as well?
Perhaps it is the lingering perception that our climate couldn’t possibly produce anything worth drinking… a belief that was debunked last year when two English wineries, Nytimber & Camel Valley, snatched two coveted IWC trophies from their international counterparts. A sign that our wine producers have finally begun to gain the respect they deserve.
And with the help of English Wine Week, they may even gain the most important recognition of all – approval from British wine drinkers!
The Castle will be celebrating English Wine Week from 23rd – 31st May. We’ve chosen a fine Devon winery, Pebblebed, to highlight the occasion. Dragons Den fans may recognize the name and remember how they walked away with the backing of Duncan Bannatyne just a few years ago.
Since then, Pebblebed has gone from strength to strength, producing some excellent fizz, which we believe, is worthy of your time and taste buds.
Still not convinced? Pop in during English Wine Week and try a glass of Pebblebed Brut NV for yourself. This sparkling wine is smooth, slightly sweeter than most Bruts and very potable! You won’t be disappointed.