Friday 18 August 2017

Emerging from the darkness

A guide to 1,000 of the world’s great wines that includes four English vineyards has been published, demonstrating that English production can now join the world’s top table.
1000 Great Wines That Won’t Cost a Fortune From The World’s Best Wineries is a perfect handbook and wish list for wine lovers who might want to undertake a worldwide wine tasting of some of the best production yet don’t know where to start.

English wine is placed in the lavishly illustrated 352-page guide among the ‘Emerging Regions’ section, an acknowledgement by Editor-In-Chief Jim Gordon and his team of local experts that English wine has arrived and has a validity as wine region.
The guide says: “… the UK produces some excellent champagne-style sparkling whites.”
The guide asks: would you like to enjoy excellent wine without spending a fortune? Whatever your preferred style, from crisp Chardonnay to fruity Merlot, there is superb value to be found if you know what to look for. This is the essential guide to the best affordable wines, giving you everything you need to know to buy and enjoy quality wine from the best wineries around the world, without breaking the bank, including the UK.
Editor-In-Chief Jim Gordon and his team have looked in detail at the regions they know best, and selected over a thousand superb yet affordable wines in every style. Entries are accompanied with simple and comprehensive tasting notes, as well as full-colour label images, making it easy to spot recommended wines in a crowded off-license or on a supermarket shelf.

The famous five

The five English wines included in the book are: Breaky Bottom Cuvee John Inglis Hall; Camel Valley Bacchus Dry, White Pinot; Nyetimber Classic Cuvee; and Ridgeview Cuvee Merret Bloomsbury.
Cuvee John Inglis Hall is described as “a distinctively English version of traditional method sparkling”, while Camel Valley wines are described as “excellent”. Both Ridgeview and Nyetimber’s wines are equally praised by the reviwers.
England is grouped with other regions such as Moldova, Israel, Croatia, China and India in what is an exciting and must-read guidebook to some of the best wines from around the world.

1000 Great Wines That Won’t Cost a Fortune
DK Publishing
Dorling Kindersley
Book : Hardback | Oct 2011
ISBN: 9781405361644
RRP: £16.99