Beacon Down

Beacon Down

You may not have heard of Beacon Down vineyard just yet, but here at English Wine Kiosk we champion the best English wine and Beacon Down tick all the boxes. This is a name to look out for.

In Conversation with...Steven Spurrier of Bride Valley Vineyard

In Conversation with...Steven Spurrier of Bride Valley Vineyard

Steven Spurrier is one of the world’s leading figures in wine with a career as a critic, retailer and consultant affording him extensive knowledge on the subject.

His beautiful Dorset estate is now home to 10 hectares of vines, planted with the three traditional sparkling wine varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

Astley Vineyard

Astley Vineyard

Situated in Worcestershire and established in 1971, Astley Vineyard held the title of being the most northerly vineyard in the world at the time of planting. Astley comprises some of the oldest vines in the country and some more unusual grape varieties.
Wiston Estate Sparkling Rosé 2014

Wiston Estate Sparkling Rosé 2014

Wiston Estate Sparkling Rosé 2014 is made from the three traditional sparkling wine varieties: 68% Pinot Noir, 22% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay. The grapes were hand-harvested by a team of skilled pickers in October 2014.
The Chardonnay Grape

The Chardonnay Grape

This week we’re delving into the archives of Chardonnay – the grape variety everyone loves to hate. How did one innocent grape variety succeed where all others failed by dominating the global vineyard scene, creating a never-ending multitude of styles and causing more controversy than the cork versus screw cap debate?
Bolney Bubbly NV

Bolney Bubbly NV

Bolney Bubbly is fantastic crowd-pleaser of a wine. Being a non-vintage style, each year’s grapes are blended with 5% of reserve wine, (from previous years) which allows the winemakers to create a perfectly balanced, consistent style.
Nyetimber Estate - Part Two

Nyetimber Estate - Part Two

If Eric Heerema’s first pivotal role was purchasing Nyetimber estate, his second was appointing Cherie Spriggs and Brad Greatrix as winemakers. This Canadian couple met as students when they were both studying Biochemistry. After discovering a professional interest in the science of wine, they gained their Masters at the Wine Research Centre in Vancouver before heading to Adelaide University to study Oenology, (the study of winemaking). They gained valuable experience and learnt different winemaking styles by doing harvests in Australia, New Zealand, Oregon, France and Canada.
Nyetimber Estate - Part One

Nyetimber Estate - Part One

Nyetimber is one of the most highly acclaimed and well-loved brands of English wine, synonymous with prestige, quality and elegance. The estate’s story dates as far back as the 11th century with the Grade II listed manor house at its heart. Nestled in the beautiful Sussex countryside, Nyetimber estate was mentioned in the Domesday Book with its original name “Nitimbreha” thought to translate as “newly timbered house”. As is the case with every historical property, Nyetimber has changed ownership countless times over the years. Notable proprietors include Thomas Cromwell and subsequently, (when Cromwell fell out of favour with King Henry VIII) Anne of Cleves.
Bride Valley Rosé Bella 2014

Bride Valley Rosé Bella 2014

Bride Valley vineyard is owned and run by the acclaimed wine writer, Steven Spurrier and his wife Arabella. Located in Dorset, this 10 hectare estate sees vines planted on the best sites in the bowl of the amphitheatre-like estate. The south-facing slopes create the ideal environment for the three traditional sparkling wine varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Product Review: Wiston Estate Cuvée Brut 2013

Product Review: Wiston Estate Cuvée Brut 2013

Every wine tells a story. Wiston Estate is a family-run enterprise situated on the picturesque South Downs in Sussex. The chalky soil and gentle south-facing slopes of the vineyard create an ideal environment for growing vines. The hills of the South Downs provide protection against prevailing winds and allow for maximum sun exposure which promotes the slow, steady ripening of the fruit.
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