In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
Top unusual English and Welsh wines to try
In honour of English Wine Week, we’ve rounded up some of the more unconventional styles of wine available in the UK for you to take a punt on.
A dozen English rosés to try during English Wine Week
With pink wine enjoying its moment in the sun, we’ve rounded up a dozen elegant English rosés to seek out, sip and savour during English Wine Week.
The English wineries offering discounts and free delivery
As ‘The Big English Wine Good Friday’ approaches, we’ve rounded up a list of English and Welsh wineries with free deliveries and offers in support of the event.
Six English wineries doing things differently
While Champagne has a clearly defined industry structure, in England things are little less straightforward. Here, we’ve rounded up the wineries doing things differently, from pioneers of the ‘swap model’ to England’s version of négociants.
Eleven English and Welsh wineries that make their own spirits and vermouth
We’ve rounded up the English and Welsh wineries that have dipped their toes into the world of spirits, from Chapel Down’s Bacchus gin to Albourne’s vermouth, flavoured with 40 botanicals.
Hampshire’s Black Chalk gains first vineyards
After securing a £1.5 million investment for a winery and tasting room last year, English sparkling wine producer Black Chalk has leased four vineyards in Hampshire’s Test Valley as it ramps up its expansion plans.
MasterChef finalist crowdfunds for restaurant and English wine bar
Chef Sven-Hanson Britt, a finalist on the BBC series MasterChef: The Professionals, has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a farm-to-table restaurant and English wine focused bar in London.
Dominic West to make his own English wine
Having just joined Amazon Prime Video’s The Wine Show as a presenter, Hollywood heartthrob Dominic West is keen to make his own English sparkling wine and has his sights set on a vineyard in Wiltshire.
Second innings: Botham looks to Britain for latest wine launch
Having made a splash with his own-name wine brand last year, cricketing hero Sir Ian Botham has joined forces with Kent winery Hush Heath Estate to launch a range of quintessentially English wines.
Kent winery releases English winemaking firsts
Kent’s Hush Heath Estate has released a set of English winemaking firsts, including a white wine containing all seven ‘Champagne’ grapes, a red made with just Pinot Meunier, and a zero-dosage fizz.
Botham and Tesco back English rosé wine
the drinks business witnessed a major moment for the English wine industry this week as the first bottles of a Sir Ian Botham-backed rosé from Hush Heath Estate in Kent were labelled and readied for Tesco.