Prior to our wine tours in Northern Italy last October, my wife and I visited England to visit her relatives but also to check out what Eric Asimov of the NY Times was extolling: the rise of English wines, especially sparkling. We were so impressed that I wrote a blog after our visit and another after the tasting I held in New Haven and started planning for a future group tour. Mind you, even many Brits don’t know how good their wines are, so there are people who doubt that anyone would be interested in visiting English wineries.
But now besides Eric Asimov, there has been a crescendo of praise for English wines. Will Blake, who reads my blogs, sent me a link to an NPR feature on English wines. And today as I was thumbing through the WSJ, I almost fell off my chair when I read the headline:A Weekend Away in Southern England’s Wine Country. The author, Elizabeth Dunn, suggests that all wine lovers visiting London should take a quick ride south to experience firsthand the high quality level of English wines, notably the sparklers.
I look forward to bringing a group of wine lovers to England, especially to see the look of astonishment and joy as they sip the well-made wines.
You can view some other photos from our visit to English wineries here.
More on English Wines:
- English Wine in the news once again
- English Wines: A Unique Tasting – (English Wine Suggestions and Tasting Notes)
- English Wine: “It’s Not a Joke Anymore”
- NYT – British Wine Benefits as the Climate Changes
- Eric Asimov – NYT – A Bright Future for English Sparkling Wine
- WSJ – A Weekend Away in Southern England’s Wine Country