Interviews and News from Ridgeview Wine Estate
Ridgeview and the 2006 English Harvest Mike Roberts
Mike Roberts is the owner of Ridgeview Estate, a top English sparkling wine producer. His wines consistently win international awards so what makes them so successful and able to compete with Champagne?
UK Wine Show 210 Mike Roberts of Ridgeview Estate on the Merret brand
Mike Roberts of Ridgeview Estate talks to us about his ambitions to create an accreditation for top quality English sparkling wine.
English Wine Week gathers interest
English Wine Week, the countrywide campaign to promote English wines and vineyards, kicks off on Saturday 24th May.
France takes away most medals in IWC competition
France has come top of the medal table at this year’s International Wine Challenge
Nyetimber sparkles in International Wine & Spirit Competition
An amazing 96% of English wines were awarded medals in this year’s International Wine & Spirit Competition
Still white wine sparkles in UK competition
A still white wine has taken the top prize in this year’s English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition.
Ridgeview is star of English & Welsh wine awards
Sparkling wines triumphed at the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Awards while Ridgeview Wine Estate outperformed rival wine producers.
Hop aboard and discover Sussex's finest vineyards
English Wineries bus tour around top sussex vineyards
Ridgeview the chosen one
Great Britain campaign is toasted with Ridgeview
Cloudy Bay wins at Chelsea Flower Show
Chelsea Flower Show and Downing Street backs English Wine
Queens makes her own Fizz
2nd batch of Queens Sparkling Wine eagerly awaited
Ridgeview exporting to US
British Fizz exporting to the US
UK’s Ridgeview introduces Non-Vintage fizz
Vintage fizz is always considered better, but it does not always mean so. Ridgeview has taken a huge decision, is it a good one?
Interviews and News from Champagne & Sparkling
UK Wine Show 54 Tony Jordon CEO of Green Point
This week we feature Tony Jordon the CEO of Green Point Australia on the recent release of their entire sparkling range under crown seal.
UK Wine Show 12 Pieter Ferreira from Graham Beck wines on winemaking in South Africa part 2
Pieter Ferreira, winemaker at Graham Beck, tastes three wines with us and explains how they are made. Find out why he makes sparkling wines in barrels and how he prefers his barrels burnt on the inside to a medium toast!
Anna Lopez Lidon of Gramona on Cava
Anna Lopez Lidon is the export manager at Gramona, a Cava producer in Penedes, Spain. We discuss how Cava is produced, the dosage and the debate over international vs local grape varieties.
UK Wine Show 135 Josep Baujan on Cava and Yeast
Josep Baujan is technical director of Freixenet, the world-leading Cava and sparkling wine producer. In the second part of our interview we talk to Josep about yeast selection in Cava.
Montana brand replaced by Brancott Estate
The name Montana is to be replaced with Brancott Estate and a new wine style is to be trialled in 2011.
BA adds English sparkler in 1st class
British Airways first airline to offer an English sparkling wine to its airline customers
Russia launches first sparkling wine in the UK
Russia's first sparkling wine Abrau-Durso has arrived in the UK to be test-marketed via distributor Berkmann Wine Cellars.
Fizz put into Sauvignon Blanc
Brancott Estate launch sparkling Sauvignon Blanc.
Camel Valley on top of the world at International wine competition
Camel Valley Pinot Rose awarded the International Sparkling Rose Trophy.
The great English plant up is underway in southern England
New Sussex vineyard aims to produce 1 million bottles of sparkling wine a year.
Sparkling wine from across the world makes a splash in the UK
Sparkling wine sales are outperforming Champagne in the off trade.
Sparkling wines, are they going screw cap?
Guala launches sparkling wine screw cap closure to keep your fizz fizzier longer.
Australia has best growing season in decades while Champagne has one of the worst
Australia is set to benefit from the best growing conditions in the past twenty years but Champagne has seen the worst growing season in decades.
Former Tory jumps on English fizz bandwagon
Lord Ashcroft Controversial former Conservative Party deputy chairman is to invest in UK vineyard.
White Rum replaces Champagne in average shopping basket
Office of National Statistics deems white rum to be in an average shopping basket but Champagne is no longer
12 year study reveals number of bubbles in Champagne
French scientist finds formula to work out number of bubbles in Champagne
Bit more pop than expected!
Exploding prosecco recalled in the US
More Sparkle in the UK
Uplift of fizz sales in the UK driven by Prosecco
Austria introduces sparkling wine tiers
3 tier quality structure introduced to Austrian Sparkling wines
Top level tier announced for Cava
New single source vineyard guarantee for Cava will be introduced in the sprng.
Bubbly Made In India
French wine and spirits house marketing Indian bubbly
Christmas news and wine
What's going on this Christmas with wine?
Drappier makes 'extreme' Champagne using single varietal Pinot Gris
Champagne producer Michel Drappier has made the first vintage of Pinot Gris Champagne at his property in the Aube.
Vive Le English Sparkling Wine!
English Sparkling Wine beats Champagne in blind tasting
New Spanish Sparkling Wine
Torres reject Cava DO for their sparkling wine
Chambong latest drinking fad?
New champagne vessels launched
Christmas Trading Results
Sparkling wine boosts most retailers Christmas trade
Blue wine, now blue fizz, but you’ll have to look fast
Scientist discovers blue cloud of gas escaping Champagne bottle when opened at a warmer temperature.
Champagne house Pommery first to release English Fizz!
Vranken Pommery Monopole launches English Fizz grown and made for them by Hampshire wine producer Hattingley Valley.
Top German producers introduce a new classification system for top end sparkling wines.
Germany's Verband Deutscher Prädikats (VDP) producers launch a new sparkling wine classification.
Interviews and News from England
UK Wine Show 2 Dermot Sugrue Nyetimber
We interview Nyetimber's winemaker, Dermot Sugrue. Dermot is an effervescent character from Ireland producing England's top sparkling wines.
UK Wine Show 3 Owen Elias from Chapel Down
Owen Elias from Chapel Down talks to us about winemaking in the UK and how the industry has changed over the last decade from amateur hobbyist to professional business.
Nyetimber plans leap from boutique to brand
English sparkling wine producer Nyetimber hopes to go from ‘boutique to brand’ now that Stephen Clark has joined the company
English Bacchus served at dinner for Bush
Denbies’ Bacchus 2004 was served at a dinner held for President Bush by the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street recently.
All change at Nyetimber
English sparkling wine producer Nyetimber has appointed a new sales manager Francis Brackley.
UK plants more vines
Vineyard plantings in the UK continue to increase according to the latest DEFRA figures which show there are 1,106 hectares now under vine.
English wine week is 29 May-6 June
English Wine Week kicks off this week from Saturday 29th May to Sunday 6th June with a countrywide campaign to promote English wines.
English wine is getting bigger by the day
Biggest production on record for 2010 UK vintage.
Surprise result as UK wine hits alcohol levels similar to Ozzie Reds
UK vineyard reports red wine with alcohol levels of 15%.
Loire wines popular in the UK
Loire wine exports to the UK up in volume during 2012
Game, Set and Fizz at Wimbledon!
Special edition Lanson kitted out for Wimbledon
Clamp down on smugglers
HMRC clamping down on illicit wine smuggled into the UK
Illegal servings of Prosecco in UK bars
Sparkling wine incorrectly labelled as Prosecco in UK bars
Who had a turkey for Christmas wine sales?
Retailers announce Christmas period wine, beer and spirit sales.
Growing English wine industry
More English wine being produced than ever before.
One Body for English Wines
English Wine Producers call for a united body.
Italy now world's biggest wine producer
Italy becomes Europe's largest producer while England grows at 4.4%
UK spending more on wine
UK wine drinkers spending more on wine
UK mens weekly alcohol limit now one of the lowest
New guidelines bring UK men's weekly alcohol limits in line with women
Free beer for England football fans
Iceland to give free beer to England football fans.
Brexit ripples across wine industry
Brexit effects on wine industry
Hush Heath Estate demand rising post referendum
Hush Heath Estate are reporting a rise in demand due to Brexit.
London Restaurant prices savaged by The Spectator
Food and Wine writer slams London wine business
Try January not Dry January
eBay auction has bumper sales of wine related items
A new wine competition “The UK Wine Awards”
The UK Wine Awards is a new wine competition focused on the English and Welsh wines.
Taittinger Plants in Kent
Taittinger is the first of the big branded champagne houses to plant grapes in the UK.
English Wine Week 2017 will take place Saturday 27th May - Sunday 4th June 2017
English Wine Week is only 2 weeks away with around 90 events taking place all over the UK.
GB wine export markets are slowly rising but which markets are top?
Of the 2.6 million bottles of GB wine sold in 2018 8% were exported. but the main export countries might surprise you.