26 Dec '11, 6pm

#wine #gadgets English sparkling wine comes of age with French boost: Dramatic growth reported in demand f... #food

The first English sparkling wine made by a French champagne maker is about to go on sale, providing the clearest sign yet that British fizz is coming of age. Meonhill, made from grapes grown from French rootstocks planted in Hampshire, will be available early in 2012. Until now French wine makers have not invested in cultivation of the grape in Kent, Sussex and Hampshire – places closely resembling the climate and chalky geology of northern France. The planned release of the first 5,000 bottles by Didier Pierson-Whitaker, owner of a grand cru vineyard in Champagne, comes as established English vintners of champagne-style sparkling wines report a dramatic growth in sales and demand. Waitrose says sales of 18 English sparkling wines have risen by almost a third compared with last Christmas, and Ridgeview, a wine maker in the South Downs, reports trebled sales in the last two...

Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/english-sparkling-wine-comes-age...

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