English Sparkling Wine with Mousseux Anglais—

“Do you remember the first time you’ve tried an English sparkling wine?”

I think it was probably Breaky Bottom made by Peter Hall, who is a local grower where I live in Sussex – and an absolute legend. I was instantly struck by how electrifyingly zesty his fizz was – a defining moment that captured the style of English sparkling wine for me with its deftness and purity.

“You are an early adopter and great supporter of English sparkling wine. Do you feel the same enthusiasm among your peers?”

Increasingly yes, but I do remember going to English wine press tastings a decade ago or more and wondering where everyone else was!

“There are some new English fizz being launched this Spring, including Rathfinny and Black Chalk. What do you first look out for when trying a brand new English sparkling wine?”

It’s entirely the flavour. English sparkling wine across the board is capable of soaring freshness but with site specific wines such as Dermot Sugrue’s Mount Harry ‘The Trouble With Dreams’. I’m tasting glimpses of where English wine can excel by focusing on unique nuance.

“You have recently launched The Fizz Glass in association with Austrian glass manufacturer Zalto. Are champagne flutes out now?”

I’m not sure flutes will ever be out, but I certainly prefer sipping fine fizz from a glass that has a more generous bowl to engage as deeply as possible with aroma and complexity. And I’m thrilled that my Fizz Glass fits easily in the dishwasher!

“On the 17th of May, you, Oz Clarke and Tim Atkin MW (a.k.a. Three Wine Men) will be hosting Let’s Get Fizzical showcasing some of the best sparkling wines from around the world. Which English fizz will be part of the line-up?”

So far we have Nyetimber, Hoffmann & Rathbone, Wiston Estate signed up, all of which are wines that I buy and enjoy personally, and I believe that Gusbourne and Ashling Park Estate may also be joining us.

“For those who have never tried English sparkling wine before, which wines would you recommend them to start with?”

The wines I most often find myself buying at home are Camel Valley, Gusbourne, Wiston, Ridgeview, Sugrue Pierre, Hoffman & Rathbone, Furleigh and Breaky Bottom. All absolute beauties made by people with absolute dedication to the world of enjoyment!

This interview first appeared in the Mousseux Anglais newsletter – April 2018

The Three Wine Men ‘Let’s Get Fizzical’ tasting takes place on 17th May 2018 at the East Winter Garden, Canary Wharf, London. Click here for tickets and more details

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