English Wine Week

Anyone who has read this blog before knows I am a trumpet-blower for English wines. In fact, I am a one-man chorus of trumpets – a flourish, as is the collective noun for that instrument.

Therefore, the start tomorrow of an event which “bigs-up” English wine warms my heart. English Wine Week runs until June 6 with the aim, like all such events, of publicising and increasing sales of English wines.

I won’t insult your intelligence by writing clichéd bollix about “English wines have been ridiculed but actually they are really good” – as far as I am concerned, English wines are good, end of.

And the good news is, there are lots of events taking place across the region.

I’m not going to type them all out, but sufficed to say that you can find details of vineyards that are opening up right here, with a specialist page for Devon details here, which is very enterprising of them.

Just reading that list shows you how many vineyards there are across the South West, and how long it is going to take me to try them all. Tough life…

There are also lots of none-vineyard events, a list of which is here, ranging from Camel Valley’s link up with Rick Stein in Padstow to Plymouth’s Bistro One showcasing English wine all week.

In addition, via the power of the Twitterverse, Red and White Wine of Kingsbridge has been in touch to let us know it is holding a “Best of South Devon” tasting event on Thursday June 3 from 7pm, featuring wines from the Old Walls, Kenton, Manstree and Sharpham Vineyards. Tickets free and available by calling 01548 853 898.

I’ll post up details of further events as I get them.

But the main thing is to enjoy the wine, that is what it is there for. Have a good week, hic.


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