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March update, offers and new wines

Celebrating English Wine – the Big English Wine Easter

The Big English Wine Easter #BEWE is a follow up to the spontaneous and successful Big English Wine Good Friday #bewgf that took place during Lockdown 1 last year. The focus of the event is to encourage people to buy a bottle or two of English wine and then open it, enjoy it and share it with others on Saturday 3 April between 7-8pm. In the run up to 3 April there is a series of online events, which Grape Britannia is proud to be taking part in, with our own Somm Session Tasting on Tuesday 30 March – join us tasting a trio of exceptional wines selected by three top somms.

Then on Wednesday 7 April we’ll be joining with Cambridgeshire Wine School to taste three gorgeous still English wines – it’ll be a fun and informative evening tasting the wines and learning more about the vineyards behind them. You can buy tickets for one, or two or more by clicking on the links. Further details are below.

If you’re local to our shop in Cambridge, you’ll almost certainly know of the fabulous Restaurant Twenty-Two. We’re delighted to be providing the wines paired with their “At Home Box” for Friday 26 and Saturday 27 March.

Finally, the four new wines we’re showcasing this month are: an organic and biodynamic English Sparkling Wine from Surrey, a limited edition Chardonnay from Wiltshire, a beautiful Blanc de Blancs from Kent and an innovative honey wine.

Best wishes
Matt 
Co-Founder, Grape Britannia
ONLINE TASTING EVENTS
We have teamed up with Cambridgeshire Wine School to bring you a virtual tasting on Wednesday 7 April at 8pm, using Zoom, focused on three of our wines. Come and experience the fun of virtual wine tasting events with Matt Hodgson and Mark Anstead – fun quizzes, Google Earth flyovers (see vineyards from the air), short video clips and lots of interaction and fun as we learn more about these wines.
 
We’ll be tasting a recent vintage of a Bacchus that hit headlines when it won ‘Best single varietal in the world’ at the Decanter Wine Awards three years ago, as well as a lovely blend of unusual grapes from Hampshire and a top notch Pinot Noir from Ross-on-Wye.
 
You need only consume a tasting sample of each wine opened during the session and you can follow the supplied wine preservation tips to keep leftovers for another day.
 
Here’s the links to book the event. After reserving your place online Mark will send a link to order the wines and there is 15% off the pack of 3 wines:Book for ONE person (£16):https://www.localwineschool.com/cambridge/exciting-english-oneBook for TWO or more people (£24): https://www.localwineschool.com/cambridge/exciting-english-twoSpecial case price for the wine will be £40.77 (normal price £47.97) and you only need buy one case to share between two people.

As mentioned above, we’ll be going live on Instagram at 7.30pm on Tuesday 30 March with three top somms, hearing their views on English & Welsh wines and three wines, one picked by each somm. There’s a unique red Pet Nat from Ancre Hill, a white grape blend delivering classic English hedgerow aromas, and a classy Pinot Noir from Kent.  Buy the wines to taste along, here.
 
RESTAURANT 22 AT HOME
We’re delighted to be collaborating with Restaurant Twenty-Two, one of Cambridge’s top restaurants, to provide the wine pairings for their “At Home Box” for Friday 26 March and Saturday 27 March. Buy the sensational food here, and the exceptional wines here.
NEW WINES
Chapel Down Kit’s Coty Blanc de Blancs 2015 (£39.99) Chapel Down’s second Blanc de Blancs comes from their Kit’s Coty vineyard on the North Downs of Kent. This wine shows typical aromas of cool climate Blanc de Blancs; green apple and freshly baked bread. It has a savoury finish with fine, persistent bubbles. The palate is showing development from maturation on lees and a toasty character from partial barrel fermentation. The grapes were harvested by hand in October. This refined sparkling wine has undergone malolactic fermentation and 15% of the blend is matured in barrel before being left to age on its lees for four years before release. Buy here »

Whitehall Vineyard Madeline May 2019 (£18.99)With only 500 bottles available this ‘Limited Edition’ award winning Chardonnay provides a well-balanced and complex wine, with notes of citrus and stone fruits which complement the minerality. This Chablis-esque Chardonnay pairs perfectly with fish and light pastas. Whitehall Farm has been in the same family for five generations, since 1894. Their history of growing and farming evolved into a desire to take on a new challenge, to produce premium English wines. Whitehall Vineyard was established in 2017 and is based in the fertile soils of the Avon Valley, with a favourable aspect and an underlying bedrock of permeable limestone. Buy here »
Albury Estate Classic Cuvée 2018 (£32.99)This classic cuvée has all the hallmarks of a fine sparkling wine. The subtle fruit on the nose, predominately red berries from the Pinot and a little light citrus from the Chardonnay, and a hint of peach, is backed up by a really long, mouth-filling palate that lingers and satisfies. Fresh and lively, ripe acidity is complimented by a subtle sweetness. Serve with smoked salmon, fish and seafood, especially lobster, trout or crayfish. Also excellent with mushroom risotto.  Albury Estate is the Surrey home of the Duke of Northumberland and is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Buy here »

Loxwood Meadworks Signature Mead (£14.99)Pure Mead is Loxwood Meadwork’s first, signature product – a crisp, refreshing and delicately sweet honey wine, designed for the modern palate. It’s fermented dry then back-sweetened with honey for natural flavour. Enjoy on its own, chilled or over ice. Or for a festive twist, mull with cinnamon and spices and serve warm as a delicious mulled mead.Pair with pork, cheeses, fresh salads – anything that pairs with or is cooked with honey.Loxwood are definitely re-imagining mead in a modern way. Buy here »