English Wine Week between 28 May and 5 June was the ideal time to celebrate the wonderful wines we are now producing in this green and pleasant land. But here at the magazine, every week is English Wine Week because we are so proud of the tireless dedication our English winemakers devote to their craft. We also are proud to recognise the work of Vintage Roots, one of our favourite suppliers, who sell a fabulous range of organic and biodynamic wines from England and beyond.
For those of you who might have missed English Wine Week, don’t worry because we asked our friends at Vintage Roots to choose their favourite English wines from Surrey and Sussex which they will be recommending to customers this June. Here are our top three…
Davenport Horsmonden Dry White 2013
Not only has this vibrant, dry white won an award in 2014, but its bright spangle fruit makes this a clean and refreshing wine, perfect for summer drinking.
Match this medium-bodied white with your favourite cut of Sunday roast. Fiona Beckett of The Guardian said “Next time you feel like a Sauvignon Blanc, try Davenport’s deliciously fragrant, elderflower-scented Horsmonden White 2013”. Costs £12.99
Sedlescombe First Release 2014
If you have any picnics coming up, this light white is perfect for daytime drinking. This delightful wine will keep you feeling refreshed without making you feel weary from that high alcohol content.
Match perfectly with a goat’s cheese and sundried tomato quiche – the perfect picnic pairing. Costs £14.99
Silent Pool Rosé 2012
Be anything but silent with this lively rosé. An authentic English wine, this rosé is made in the Surrey hills and its delicious fruity notes are set to tantalise the taste buds of the most discerning rosé connoisseurs.
This truly refreshing wine is perfect for any occasion, outdoor or indoor. Match with asparagus, crispy prosciutto, and grilled Brie cheese on sourdough bread. Costs £15.50
All bottles of wine are available at www.vintageroots.co.uk