It's a thirsty job but someone's gotta do it! Let's all pour an English tipple in the name of supporting our local vineyards on #BigEnglishWineGoodFriday.
Did someone say drink? The English wine industry have sent out a carrion call with the hashtag #BigEnglishWineGoodFriday to join their hour-long drink-along this Good Friday. The initiative comes from a tweet by Jacob Leadley of Hampshire vineyard Black Chalk who sagely observed: “If every person in the UK that loves English or Welsh wine bought a bottle direct from their favourite producer I think we might secure an entire industry and their workforce on one very enjoyable evening.”
All you have to do to join is set your alarm for 7pm on Friday 10 April, pour yourself a large one (not yet – on Friday, naughty), and follow the hashtag on your socials – Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
Many of the participating vineyards have special offers online and are supporting the evening with live tastings and advice which you can access via the hashtag.
Knowing you lot are always keen to quaff, er, I mean support local, Muddy caught up with the MD of Devon’s Lyme Bay Winery near Axminster, James Lambert (above) for his top tips on what we should be drinking.
James is a hands-on winemaker himself, producing some of Devon’s best wines, using selected grapes grown around the UK. Over to you James…
Run by husband and wife Rob and Kate Corbett. Castlewood vineyard is beautiful, and the care of vines is meticulous. Rob also hosts a wine festival most years (in normal years!) which, if you haven’t been to before, is well worth a trip. The wines are crisp which is how Rob likes them and do not undergo malolactic fermentation. The quality of fruit and care shines through. Try the Castlewood NV Rosé, a blend of Pinot Noir and Meuneir.
Dalwood is a vineyard owned, nurtured and managed by 5 locals who felt that their small part of East Devon offered something special for wines. Their care and attention has seen them punch above their weight in national awards, primarily for their sparkling blends which use varietals outside of the normal Champagne trio. FREE delivery.
Here at Lyme Bay we work with the best grapes, from the best growers, to make the best English wines we can. We released our first vintage in 2015 and feel our team and quality has improved year on year. This is reflected in the plethora of international awards we have won across our still and sparkling range. Despite various annual challenges, dominated by the weather, we learn each vintage and strengthen relationships with the best grape growers across the UK to secure the most suitable grapes for our blends. Two of my favourite Lyme Bay wines at the moment are the Chardonnay and Shoreline.