Actually English wine week was May 25th to June 2nd, but this weekend I am back in the UK and at a family barbecue had the chance to try out some British white wines. So I declare this my British wine week.
After years of importing everyone else’s wines Britain is beginning to developed a good reputation for its own homegrown white and sparkling wines. We’re even churning out the reds as well these days. Apparently global warming means the climate in the South of England now rivals that of our more famous wine making cousins in the North of France.
Sussex in the south of England was the first area to be known for wine but the two wines I tried were from Gloucestshire in the South West and the second from Essex in the East of England. Tune in tomorrow to hear my views on the first of these wines, both of which featured new grape varieties for me (hoorah!), but to start you off here is an article from travel and leisure about England as the next big wine destination.