Here at ERW, we understand that choosing wine can be difficult, so we’ve been brainstorming reasons why you should be buying English wine and wanted to share some of our favourites. Below are 13 reasons to buy English wine, not including the obvious – Because it’s so good!
IT’S CHAMPAGNE…BUT CHEAPER! Ok, I’m over-simplifying here, but many English Sparkling Wines are made using the exact same grapes and the exact same process as Champagne: Try this one, if you love French bubbles.
BACCHUS IS THE ENGLISH SAUVIGNON BLANC: It’s not all about the sparklings, Bacchus is as crisp and refreshing as your favourite Sauvignon Blanc, switch it up with a glass of London Cru Baker St Bacchus.
THERE’S BRILLIANT RED WINE TOO: Try a Trevibban’s Black Ram for the perfect pairing with your English roast lamb, garlic, rosemary and all the trimmings!
YOU’LL BE DOING YOUR BIT FOR THE PLANET: Want to reduce your carbon footprint? Buy English!
SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS: English vineyards are small, family-run businesses with very few big players involved. They are focused on producing quality wines that can compete with the best and they need our support.
IT’S AWARD WINNING: Don’t take our word for it, English wine is winning international awards year on year. We love Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rose Brut, an international star!
GO ON A WINE ADVENTURE: Go on, try something new! It’s so easy to buy the same wine week after week because, let’s face it, you know you like it and it’s easy. But it’s so much more fun to find a new favourite. Let your adventurous side free and next time you think of reaching for your favourite Sauvignon Blanc, instead try a Toppesfield Bacchus Reserve.
IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS: What a great talking point for your next dinner party! Bring Simpsons Railway Hill Rose along and show off your wine expertise. Or, broaden their horizons with Giffords Hall Madeleine Angevine (it’s a guaranteed winner!)
IT’S SO MUCH BETTER THAN PROSECCO: You’ve been drinking Prosecco for years – it’s familiar, but let’s be honest, it’s become a bit of a lazy choice. If you love the delicate sweetness of a Prosecco, you’ll love Biddenden Gribble Bridge Sparkling White.
IT’S PATRIOTIC: English Sparkling Wine is like London Gin, Fish and Chips, Strawberries and Cream. It’s English. It’s ours. Be proud! Hindleap Sparkling Rose is a classic style (and it gets amazing reviews!)
THE QUEEN DRINKS IT: Maybe the ultimate reason. Queen Elizabeth II has given Camel Valley a royal warrant. Westminster’s cellars are full of English wine, and it is served at royal banquets. If it’s good enough for the Queen…
THERE’S A STYLE FOR EVERYONE: Pinot Grigio fan? Try Sharpham Dart Valley Reserve.
Malbec more your style? Winbirri Signature Red is the wine for you.
Prosecco Princess? Biddenden Gribble Bridge Sparkling White.
Love a Sauvignon Blanc? You’ll love Tuffon Hall Amelie Bacchus.
Pinot Noir fan? Davenport do an outstanding Pinot Noir.
IT’S THE FUTURE OF WINE: Not an exaggeration. At the 2018 Sommelier Wine Awards, 3,000 wines were blind-tasted by a panel of expert judges and more gold medals went to wines from England than from France. 2018 has been heralded the vintage of the century. English wine is only going one way.
New wine discoveries are so much fun, if you are brand new to English wine, try some of our suggestions above for a great taste of what England has to offer. Subscribe to our newsletter so you don’t miss a post, and comment below or message us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter – it would be great to hear your thoughts!