English Wine Week is just around the corner (26th May – 3rd June). The national campaign was designed to raise awareness for great English wines from across the country. With the many events taking place throughout the week, it is a great opportunity to grow your sales. Another event due to put English wine centre stage is the Royal Wedding, on 19th May, which comes just before English Wine Week. Take a look at our great picks to expand your English offering and some pairing suggestions for customers planning their very own Royal Wedding celebrations.
Was there ever a sparkling wine more fitting for a Royal Wedding and English Wine Week than Bride Valley? British wine expert, Steven Spurrier, and his wife Arabella are behind the West Dorset winery. Their Brut Réserve has a bouquet that is rich in white flowers and white summer fruits such as pear and peach, but with classically English undertones of elderflower and green apples.
From one of England’s finest wine producers, Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs is made from 100% estate grown Chardonnay. Perfect as an aperitif on a summer's day, its aromas and flavours are in perfect harmony, beginning with delicate floral and citrus notes followed by subtle vanilla and toast on the finish.
For a still wine to pair with your coronation chicken sandwiches, Stopham Estate offers a great range of English wines made from vitis vinifera grape varieties, rather than the hybrids often seen throughout English vineyards. Their Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris are among the best still wines we've tasted from this country. Or try their Rosé, which is off-dry, with crunchy red fruits along with crisp balancing acidity and is especially lovely in the sun with fresh summer salads.
The popularity of gin doesn't seem to be slowing down, with gin bars popping up across the country. This summer, create the perfect G&T with silver-birch sap-based Blackdown Gin. If you are after something even more exotic to toast the Royals, combine it with Blackdown’s Sussex Bianco Vermouth for a Sussex Dry Martini.