English wine without bubbles


This array of 40 tasting notes on non-sparkling English wines was taken at the annual English Wine Producers tasting in London, a date that is increasingly keenly anticipated every year. The consistent progress in English wine quality is now a given, and this event is the best way of assessing that improvement. The prowess of sparkling wine is comfortably established (see Jancis's recent article about a vertical of Ridgeview's Bloomsbury) – but what about its still cousin? 

Ripening grapes for still wines remains a challenge in England. Coupled with the much higher average selling price of sparkling wine, you...