It used to be the easiest way in the wine world to get a laugh start extolling the virtues of English wine. Oh, how they would chortle! And they had a point. Until the 1990s hardly any English wine was more than a curiosity to be drunk if you had no other choice. The old-fashioned view of English wine is that of a cottage industry made up of amateurs struggling with the mud and the drizzle. The modern view is of a country amazingly blessed with vast tracts of soil suitable for viticulture, much of it almost indistinguishable from the chalky slopes of Champagne and Chablis, and of a country taking full advantage of the vagaries of climate change to ripen Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to levels perfect for sparkling wine, and increasingly excellent still wines. And it wouldn’t be far off the mark to say that England is now the newest of the New World, New Wave wine countries.
The 1990s brought several pioneering sparkling wine producers to the fore led by Nyetimber and Breaky Bottom and suddenly England has found its wine vocation. Oz has long been a champion of English wines and this book helps you find the best wines, from fizz, whites, some impressive reds and even dessert and orange
'It's wonderful. A blend of wine and love filtered through Betjeman and Larkin.' * Joe Fattorini * 'Such a fabulous book' * Helen McGinn * 'Utterly riveting and brilliant in a way that only Oz knows how to be...' * Victoria Moore * 'It's brilliant. Exactly what's wanted' * Hugh Johnson * 'An unapologetic celebration of the brave new world of English and Welsh wine. It's a book you'll want to have in your glovebox or saddlebag...as you pootle around England and Wales.' -- Henry Jeffreys, * Tim Atkin MW.com * 'Anything from Clarke O is a bonus and his latest release English Wine is beautifully crafted, informative and entertaining.' * Nigel Barden * 'The writing sparkles and delights, much like a glass of south coast fizz...a great source of wine inspiration.' * Susy Atkins *
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