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Monthly Archives: July 2013

  • Pop open some British sparkles to celebrate the birth of the royal baby!

    Matthew Jukes reviews 2010 Ridgeview, Knightsbridge Blanc de Noirs, East Sussex :

    "I hosted a corporate event the other day and the theme that I worked the wines around was ‘Hidden Gems’.  I do a lot of these presentations and take great pleasure in selecting the wines.  This time I felt that I would throw in an English sparkler for good measure banking on the fact that everyone would assume that I would pour an eclectic, ‘Grower’ Champagne.  I was right.  English sparkling wine, from a handful of top estates, is truly world class, as I am sure you already know.  Within the elite group of wineries though, there is a sub-set of utterly awesome wines.  This Pinot Noir / Pinot Meunier blend is one of the finest English sparkling wines that I have ever tasted and every single person at the tasting was blown away.  Ridgeview’s portfolio is very smart indeed, but this heavenly wine, with the faintest of pink hues, is the jewel in the crown and I urge you to taste it because elegance and finesse like this costs the earth from that region over the Channel."

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