English still wines – a progress report


With English Wine Week starting last Saturday, this seems a good time to look at the Cinderallas of English wine, those without CO2. 

English fizz is on a roll. For evidence, look no further than Nyetimber takes on Krug or English fizz trumps champagne in blind tasting. The mission I chose to accept was to taste a range of still wines, bravely standing their ground in the face of general scepticism as to the suitability of the English climate to ripen grapes for anything other than vins clairs, the low-alcohol and not-too-fruity base wines for sparkling wine.