English Wine tasting from The Wine Tasting co

I asked my friend Kelly at the Wine Tasting co to give me the low down on some English wines. The Wine Tasting co is a wine shop and tasting venue in the heart of Somerset. They’re based in a town called Winscombe, not far away from Cheddar.

Recently opened, they offer expert knowledge and friendly advice on all the wines they sell. With my Mum living close by, I always try to pop in when I’m in the area.

Sparkling Wine

Three Choirs Sparkling Cuvee NV, Gloucestershire.
Made with 80% Seyval Blanc and 20% Pinot Noir, this sparkling wine is made using the traditional champagne method. Dry fruity and elegant with biscuit character that is rich rounded and full.

Pebblebed Rose Sparkling, Topsham, Devon.
Made in the same traditional method as Champagne. Slowly aged on its lees, rather than large machines turning the bottles; it is still all done by hand! A beautiful fresh sparkling that has body and soft red fruit character. Perfect with Oysters.

White Wine

Janes, Oatley Vineyard, Cannington, Somerset, England. Bronze Medal Winner.
Produced with Madeleine Angevine grapes, this wine is named after the wife of Oatley, Jane. A wine to drink in any English country garden on a sunny day, offering a light crisp dry wine with citrus floral and elderflower notes on the palate.

Leonora, Oatley Vineyard, Cannington, Somerset, England. Silver Medal Winner.
Made with the Kernling grape, this wine is elegant with gentle aromatics, fresh green apples and citrus zest. When allowed to age, Leonora develop honey tones.

Rose Wine

Smith and Evans Rose, Aller Vineyard, Langport, Somerset.
A beautifully crafted rose blended with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the unique white Lias landscape of Aller Hill. This gives you a mineral freshness with delicate tones of summer fruits and wild strawberries.

Pebblebed Vineyard Rose, Topsham, Devon.
A community run vineyard with the recent input from Dragons Den. They a variety of different grapes including Seyval blanc and Ronda which makes up this rose. The Pebblebed rose put them on the map by winning a gold medal. Fresh, fruity and fabulous on a sunny afternoon.

Red Wine

Ravens Hill, Three Choirs Vineyard, Gloucestershire.
Made with a blend of red grapes (Rondo and Regent) that ripen well in the English climate. The wine spends a small amount of time in oak giving a medium bodied wine that is full of cherries and blackcurrant.


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