New kid on the English wine block – Squerryes Sparkling

20140606_194347We have been lucky enough to be given a first bottling of Squerryes sparking wine grown in our own home town of Westerham in Kent…. and you know, it ain’t half bad!

Henry and Claire Warde first planted vines on the Squerryes Estate in 2006 and their first bottle of wine has been a long time coming. We were flattered to be offered a bottle of the first vintage a couple of weeks ago and had been saving it for a special occasion to crack it open. However, reasons for celebration seem few and far between at the moment (long story). So, we decided to simply celebrate the end of a rather hard week instead.

Squerryes Brut, 2010, has recently won an International Wine Challenge bronze award, on its very first outing, which is a great first sign. It is made from 40% chardonnay, 35% pinot noir and 25% pinot meunier grape varieties so is really nicely balanced. The fresh and slightly acidic  apple-y-ness of the wine is, for me, the dominant flavour on first tasting followed by slight creamy quality with plenty of lemony vibrancy to follow. It is exceedingly fresh and a fantastic drink for a warm summers evening. [End of poncy wine geekery]

We had ours with a warm salad with Kentish asparagus, poached egg and black pudding. Perfection.

We are very lucky to live in the Garden of England with some the the best English wine right on our doorstep. In fact, that is soon to be almost literally the case.  Henry is about to begin building his vineyard a spit from our house. If you have not tried English wine you are missing out. Forget the French stuff, English wine, in my view, can be far nicer. You cannot go wrong with wine from Denbies, Chapel Down or Biddenden. Go get some!

Try Squerreys in June
If you want to try Squerreys then they are organising a celebration of their first bottling on Friday, 20th and Saturday, 21st June 2014. Tickets are £8 and include a free glass of Sparkling on arrival. More details here:

– Emily

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