English Wine Week – fizz

Harvest at Breaky Bottom

We continue our preview of English Wine Week (19–27 June) with a look at multiple sparkling wines. Above, harvest at Breaky Bottom, in Sussex, which produces some seriously surprising English fizz. See also All that fizzes is not champagne.

Tamlyn writes The innovative, pioneering (and perhaps sometimes even a little bit crazy?) English spirit is not restricted to Chardonnay, it would seem. English sparkling wines have swung through the pendulum of being made with whatever variety was to hand (Seyval Blanc, Rondo, Reichensteiner, Bacchus…), no matter how unsuitable, to being made in a conservatively classic non-vintage champagne mould...