Home-grown wines to help you sip…—

Lanson loves tennis. It’s celebrating its 42nd associated partnership year with Wimbledon with its epic and sumptuous 2009 Gold Label, launched for the current tournament, at £55.80 from Hedonism Wines. Or how about backing home-grown talent and drinking British? The 2018 vintage here was the best ever.

Quality and quantity are worthy of the Royal Box, with 15.6 million bottles served up, smashing the previous record of 6.3 million in 2014. Our sparklers are already gathering grand slam approval worldwide, but with trophy conditions, the 2018 whites are winning my heart.

I love Bacchus, with its elderflower fragrance and zesty precision, but try the plush fruity charm of Ortega – Vagabond Wines has a superb 2018 example made by Gav Monery. Time to sip for Britain!

OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH

SERVE UP A FRED PERRY: New Hall Bacchus 2018 (11%) £11.50 newhallwines.com. Joyful! Sip the scented splendour of the English hedgerow.

VA-VA-VIRGINIA WADE: The Best English White 2018 (12.5%) £14 Morrisons. Sharp as a prickly gooseberry with heroic hawthorn fragrance.

SERVE UP A MURRAY: Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé 2016 (12.5%) £29.95 camelvalley.com. I buy it, I love it. Cornish pink fizz kicking spots off the competition.

ACE IT LIKE KONTA: Ridgeview Blanc de Blancs 2014 (12%) £60 ridgeview.co.uk. Among the world’s best, this iconic English fizz is worth splashing out.

WINE OF THE WEEK

Three Choirs Silver Jubilee 2018 (11.5%) £8.50 The Wine SocietyGrown in Glos. yet tastes tropical. A fruity v zingy rally perpetually drawn at deuce.

This column was originally published in EVENT Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 7th July 2019

 

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