Public have chance to sample them at special wine tasting evening
HAVE you ever popped out to buy a bottle of Sussex bubbly or a nice Pinot Noir produced from grapes grown on the South Downs?
If not, then perhaps it is time to take another look at what is on offer.
Sussex wines are at the forefront of English wine production with many of them winning awards and becoming serious contenders on the international wine market.
They are part of the “new” new world of wines, which includes other emerging wine producing countries such as China, India and Israel, and now the public will have the chance to sample what is available on the their doorstep at an evening celebrating them.
Karl Elwood, of Elwood Wines, an independent wine merchant based in Brighton, who is organising the evening, said:
“If there was a viticultural olympics then Sussex could be winning gold for Team GB right now!
“Many leading wine producers recognise the tremendous future that wine cultivation has in England.
“Now the public can come and taste some of these excellent wines at our latest tasting evening.”
Karl said with so many celebrations taking place this year such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the London Olympics and Euro 2012 there was plenty of opportunity for Sussex wines to be served, enjoyed and promoted.
He is hoping people will come to his latest wine tasting evening on March 29 to try a range of wines from Sussex.
Sparkling wines from the area are already comparing favourably with leading champagne producers but there are also many renowned still wines.
He added: “Not so long ago people were laughing about British wines but they aren’t now. One of the wines at the royal wedding was British** and it was also served to Barrack Obama during his state visit.
“There is every reason to believe some of these wines will be used to celebrate the big events taking place in Britain this year and that Sussex wines will be part of that.
“Thirty years ago countries such as New Zealand were just establishing themselves as a wine producing nation. Now most Sauvignon Blanc sold in this country is from New Zealand and there is no reason why Sussex wines shouldn’t become just as popular.”
As well as the wine selection there will be accompanying nibbles to tantalise people’s palates.
The Sussex wines tasting evening takes place on March 29, in The Cellar Room under the Old Ship Hotel on King’s Road, Brighton. It runs from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and costs £25 per person.
For further information or to book a place call Elwood Wines on 01273 242535 or visit www.elwoodwines.co.uk
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Karl Elwood launched Elwood Wines after working in the wine trade for more than 20 years with a desire to bringing some of the best, though not necessarily the most expensive wines to Sussex. He works closely with a number of small vineyards producing small quantities of high quality wines that would not necessarily be found in the supermarkets and can essentially act as your personal wine shopper.
Sussex vineyards include Breaky Bottom, Ridgeview and Nyetimber. Ridgeview has won the award for best sparkling wine in the world three times beating more established champagnes. Nyetimber has also won 65 awards and trophies since starting in 1992, including best worldwide sparkling wine. Bolney Wine Estate has been established since 1972 and has also received many international awards. Carr Taylor, near Hastings, has won 130 awards since 1971.
Other Sussex vineyards include Hidden Spring Vineyard, Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard, Stopham Vineyard and Davenport Vineyard.
*The wine served at the royal wedding was Chapel Down White Wine, made in Tenterden, Kent. A Sussex vintage from Ridgeview, the 2004 Cuvee Merret Fitzrovia Rosé, was served at Barack Obama’s state dinner.
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Elwood Wines, based in Brighton, is run by Karl Elwood and acts as your personal wine shopper. Karl, who has more than 25 years experience in the wine industry, can advise you on the best premium wines to buy from independent producers. He provides the link between wine drinkers in the UK looking for interesting well-made and truly great value wines and the artisanal vineyards that produce them