Category Archives: England

Noah’s First Pinot Gris 2006

Last weekend was the East Midlands International Cicle Classic, a truly bonkers cycle race looping around roads and farm tracks in Rutland, Oakham and Melton Mowbray, best known for pork pies and Stilton cheese. I prepared myself for my role as marshals’ assistant by having an English wine with tea on Saturday. We’d picked up… Read More »

Wissett Wines

This weekend we took a trip to East Anglia. After a stroll down the pier at Southwold and a visit to the delightfully bizarre Under The Pier Show we pootled back to Wissett Wines. It was strange to find a vineyard on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, but on a sunny day at was a perfect stop… Read More »

Biddenden Ortega

Another trip to Kent, another bottle of English wine to try. This time a Biddenden Ortega 2004 . I’ve strolled around the vineyards at Biddenden, they’re really quite sweet compared to the huge operations elsewhere in Europe. The family outfit pays the rent with Cider, apple juice and a coffee shop selling lots of local jams and… Read More »

Exmoor Brut

It’s been a very good day for British cycling. At this year’s World Track Championships the GB team has picked up 11 medals, seven of them are gold and three of those belong to Victoria Pendleton – go Vicky! Time to crack open some sparkles. I was down in Somerset a few weeks ago, and… Read More »

Biddenden’s Gribble Bridge Rose

England take on Portugal tomorrow and I’m keeping up my patriotic duty with another English wine. This time it’s Biddenden’s Gribble Bridge Rose 2004. It’s made in a tiny town in Kent in what is claimed to be England’s oldest privately owned commercial vineyard. That’s about a great a claim as being England’s oldest un-injured… Read More »

Biddenden Gribble Bridge Schonberger

England take on Ecuador today and the English newspapers will no doubt be disappointed in their performance no matter what they do. If you want to experience disappointment try Biddenden’s ‘ Gribble Bridge’ Schonberger 2004. It’s made in Kent so it’s English regional wine. I tried it ahead of today’s game. It’s pale to the… Read More »