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Drinking English Rosé in the Autumn and Winter

Rosé is not just for Summer..   ...no, to paraphrase the old joke about a dog not being just for Christmas, it's for cold on Boxing Day too! As the season ticks round to Autumn, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, you might be forgiven for thinking that the time to drink rosé is coming to an end. There is a feeling that drinking rosé in the colder months is somehow wrong. Time for a rethink I say...

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Fizzy McFizzface

For many years now English sparkling wine has been casting around for a catchy name to call itself. Obviously we can't use Champagne, not least because the French tidied that one up in The Treaty of Versailles at the end of the First World War. Not having the luxury of a unifying area, like Champagne, we've resorted to, at times slightly embarassing, marketing speak names. Britagne deserves an honourable mention in this category. Merret was suggested and used by some. Christopher Merret was the Englishman who presented a paper to The Royal Institution in 1662 on how to make wine sparkling through the addition of sugar to start a secondary fermentation. This was some 6 years before Dom Perignon even...

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Our very own Brut Reserve is released

Hawkins Bros Brut Reserve 2013   Launched on September 21st we are proud to announce our very own English Sparkling Wine. Hawkins Bros. Brut Reserve 2013 is a classic cuvée blend of 46% Chardonnay, 36% Pinot Noir and 18% Pinot Meunier made exclusively for us by the award-winning Greyfriars Vineyard on the south-facing chalk of the Hogs Back in Surrey. Master Sommelier Xavier Rousset said: “Having tasted it after only 3 weeks after being disgorged, this is an impressive first vintage, well balanced acidity and great mouthfeel”. We're absolutely delighted to report that the IEWA have awarded Hawkins Bros Brut Reserve 2013 a Silver Medal at their inaugural awards. Available exclusively from our shop, please drop by and have a taste!...

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