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Stir it up magazine May 2017

14 MAY 2017 RAISE THE BAR >> English wines have been growing in popularity steadily in the past few years and there are more and more people applying for a vineyard in England. In 2015 the applications were up by 40% on the previous year! With the trend of people favouring local produce, having a selection of English wines on your list is advisable, especially with the quality you can find these days. English wines won 120 medals at the International Wine Challenge in 2016 and 50 so far in 2017. There is a choice of reds to match with meat or cheese, or delicate whites and rosés but sparkling wine is the star of the show, so much so that, at a tasting in Paris, some of the French tasters thought it was better than Champagne! And when a big Champagne house like Taittinger invests in a vineyard in England then you know there is something in it. In my experience consumers rarely ask for English wines but if it’s clearly stated on the menu, people will be more likely to go for it. Depending on the size of your place and list but I would definitely at least offer a sparkling wine and, if you can, a red and a white too. For those of you that might wonder where to start to source some, of course your current supplier will be able to help but you can also go on www.englishwine producers.co.uk to find some of the wine makers. I’m working on a smaller project at the moment and I am looking to put a sparkling wine on the list. I’m going to go for the Blancs de Blancs from Nyetimber, I found it quite fruity and mineral and I’m sure it will go down very well with the guests! Luca Cordiglieri, president of the UK Bartender’s Guild RAISE English wines won 120 medals at the International Wine Challenge in 2016 and 50 so far in 2017


Stir it up magazine May 2017
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