Why English Wines and Spirits?
I came up with the idea for English Wines and Spirits after celebrating a significant birthday in summer 2017.
I wanted to have a party and to find some great local wines to celebrate but I couldn’t!
I looked online and all I found was a couple of newspaper reviews (which were out of date) mentioning two or three English wines. We asked people to bring English wines, spirits or beers (and there was some cider too).
The party was a great success and people bought a wonderful selection of different wines and spirits (I was given some Chase Vodka and Rathfinny wine to keep) and it made me realise that there were some fantastic smaller vineyards that people didn’t know about.
In July 2018 I studied at Plumpton College Wine Centre and passed my WSET Level 2 in Wines and Spirits qualification.
I also run Women in Rural Enterprise in Sussex and this was originally setup to help farmer’s wives earn money from their land when times were tough. Now we welcome any local and rurally based businesswomen.
Lots of farmers have now diversified into growing grapes (and the south of England has a similar climate to the Champagne region in France) and this area is now known for producing award winning, sparkling wines (and red, rose and white wines!)
My favourite English wines?
Chapel Down Sparkling Brut is one of my favourites. I’ve also like the Flint Key 2013 from the Mount Vineyard in Shoreham, Kent.