The Brits are knocking it out of the park with some killer wines.
England and wine? That's an oxymoron for many wine lovers. However, for serious oenophiles, English wines have been appearing in the last few years on the world’s radar screen with increasing frequency. In 2016, for example, an English bubbly beat out several French Champagnes in a blind tasting that shocked the wine world. Now, a white wine from England just won “Best in Show” among > 17,000 wines in a tasting judged by a panel of international experts.
This riveting wine-tasting was sponsored by Decanter Magazine (Europe’s version of Wine Spectator). Winners were recently announced at the 2017 World Wide Wine Awards. Winbirri Vineyards 2015 Bacchus was the victor with judges describing it as the "perfect aperitif wine." Comments included "complex, oily nose with spice, elderflower and citrus." It was also deemed to be "very elegant and delicate with a slight spritz and a long, clean finish."
Never hear of the Bacchus varietal? Not many have as the grape is not grown in many spots other than the colder vineyards of Europe. Bacchus is a hybrid, coming from a cross of Riseling, Sylvaner and Muller Thurgau grapes. Named after the Roman God of wine, Bacchus is being increasingly planted in English vineyards. The cooler climate in England allows this grape to retain high acid levels. When allowed to fully ripen, Bacchus can offer powerful flavors.
Wine-Knows still has limited space on its June 2019 trip to England (the 2018 English tour sold out). The 2019 tour will be showcased on our website later this summer. Currently, there are only 6 spaces remaining. The trip will focus on the stunning Cotswold countryside, however, visits will also be made to Kent, Surrey and Hampshire district (all of which are located along England's southern coast).
Long live the Queen !