On a Sunday morning in the summer, I was fortunate to be taken by The Daughter to a lovely little English vineyard. Bear with me there is a seasonal theme to this blog …. in the end. The English vineyard in question was the Three Choirs Vineyard, Newent, Gloucestershire UK, where they grow the grapes and make the wine.
I’ve long been meaning to try a bottle of English wine but it’s quite expensive (relative to my usual wine price point) and preferring my wine on the dry side I’ve been a bit weary anything I bought would be a little sweet, but that was not to be the case.
So first of all, the visit. We joined a wine tasting tour taking us through the wine making facility with information and tastings along the way.
What made the visit very special was the moment we arrived the sun came out and we could have been in a vineyard in France. Plus by 11.55 am on a Sunday morning I was standing in the sunshine with a glass of English fizz in my hand (traditionally made sparkling wine I should say). After the guided tour we were free to roam around vines as they gently rolled over the hillsides, as did I.
What more could you want from a Sunday you may ask….. well 3 bottles more perhaps? I purchased a white, a rose and a sparkling wine to take home. It would have been rude not to as they had a very extensive shop where we were able to taste before we bought (we had already tasted, but are very indecisive).
This is the bottle of rose we enjoyed in the garden one sunny day in Buxton.
So where is the Christmas connection? Obviously a bottle of a good English wine would make a special Christmas gift for any wine lover, but believe it or not we are yet to drink the bottle of purchased sparkling wine. I had planned to enjoy it on my birthday, while we were having a quick break in North Yorkshire. However the holiday cottage where we stayed did not have champagne flutes! I know, but what can you do. For me the glasses are as important as the drink contained within, water, wine, beer (don’t get me started on unacceptable beer glasses).
So like me the sparkling wine has been to North Yorkshire and back. Which gives me the dilemma of shall I take it to the family Christmas gathering or save it for a quiet New Year with Mr Husband? What do you think?