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Eat and Drink
June 2022
Reading time 3 Minutes

There’s never been a better excuse to try a new tipple, so celebrate English Wine Week (18th–26th June) with one of our top picks

Here’s what we’re loving.
English wine


Simpsons Estate Chardonnay, £16.99 Waitrose Cellar 
This English chardonnay, created in the chocolate box village of Barham in Kent, has a beautiful tropical fruit aroma wth a textured palate and fresh finish.

Pinot Gris, £20 The Bolney Estate
Sourced from rural Sussex, this medium-bodied, smooth wine has succulent pear aromas, citrus and honeysuckle at the fore and goes perfectly with seafood dishes.

English wine


Pinot Noir Twenty Twenty, £35 Gusbourne Estate
Elegant and bright on the palate, this Ashford-created wine has plump red fruits, dark plum and black cherry alongside black pepper spice, smoky notes and earthy minerality.

Strickland Estate Red, £14 Ryedale Vineyards
At the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds, Ryedale Vineyards create this fruity red wine, full of cherries and berry flavours. Perfect for summer sipping

English wine


Charmat Rosé 2021, £24.99 Flint Vineyard
With tastes of confected strawberries and cream, and a slight praline nuttiness in the background, this Norfolk wine is crisp on the palate.

Isadora 2018, £35 Hencote
Created in Shropshire, the Isadora rosé matures for 15 months retaining the summery berry fruitiness of the wine and has tasting notes of strawberries and cream.


Brut NV English Sparkling, £27 Chapel Down
Aromas of red apple, lemongrass and freshly baked bread are brought together with hints of strawberry and quince on the palate. This Kent-created wine is perfect as an aperitif or paired with fish and chips.

English Brut Sparkling Rosé, £34.95 Furleigh Estate
From Dorset, comes this elegant English sparkling rosé wine which has a delicate salmon-pink hue with tiny bubbles. On the palate, fresh berries meet stone fruits such as nectarines and wild apricots.

Low and No

Sparkling Chardonnay, £9.25 Noughty
Based in London, Noughty offer this alcohol-free sparking chardonnay which has just 14 calories per glass – it’s the perfect answer to a hangover-free summer.

Blush, £15 Wild Life Botanicals
Lovingly crafted in Cornwall, Blush is an award-winning dry yet refreshing, ultra-low alcohol, sparkling wine. Blush has juicy and wild strawberry aromas, followed by a palate of rosehip tea, strawberries and cream, and Cornish orchard fruits such as crab apples.

Fancy browsing the shelves? Visit one of these local wine shops

Jesmond Wine Co 
3a Clayton Road, Jesmond NE2 4RP
Pop into this Jesmond wine shop to browse the collection of world and British wines which lines the shelves, or get expert advice on how to pair your wine to your summer dishes.

Grape & Grain 
50 Bridge Street, Morpeth NE61 1NL
01670 504901
Morpeth’s oldest independent wine, craft beer and spirit shop is filled with top-quality drinks, and offers a unique and bespoke service to match. From English wines to those from further afield – think French, Italian, Australian and South African to name a few – there will be a perfect wine for everyone here.

Bon Coeur Fine Wines 
Moor Park, Moor Road, Melsonby DL10 5PR  
01325 776446
This independent wine shop started in 1994 and has been supplying wine to leading restaurants, hotels and homes throughout the UK ever since. Stop by the North Yorkshire shop to browse their collection or visit their website to see what their customers are loving right now.

Yorkshire Vintners 
Unit 2 Ripon Business Park, Charter Road, Ripon HG4 1AJ 
01765 601701
This family-owned wine merchant in Ripon is the go-to for all your summer wine needs. From Argentinian malbecs to German sauvignon blancs, there’s a whole range to browse here.

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