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Ivan’s Top 10 Facts About English Sparkling Wine

Ivan, from our Lytham St Annes store, has prepared his top 10 facts about English fizz.

English sparkling wine is truly magnificent. It is probably the only sparkling wine, which is close to being Champagne by many parameters: climate, growing conditions, grape varieties, production method and many times by price as well. A lot of English Sparkling Wine is produced from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meaner in the same traditional method as Champagne and are excellent value for money. Here are some facts to know about English Sparkling Wine:

1. In a 750ml bottle of English Sparkling there are 49 million bubbles… approximately.

2. The pressure in an bottle of Sparkling is around 90 pounds per square inch. That’s three times the amount of pressure in an average car tyre!

3. Although there is a lot of speculation of who first created Champagne, it was in England where the first Champagne bottle was made.

4. The bubbles in sparkling wine make the alcohol enter your bloodstream faster than in still wine, so be sure to enjoy elegantly (and responsibly)!

5. Popping the cork is part of the fun and the glamour of drinking English fizz, but given that the cork can reach a speed of around 40 mph (64 kph), you do need to be careful about where the bottle is pointing!

6. The largest amount of grapes for English Sparkling comes from the vineyard of Denbies – it’s just outside Dorking and is the UK’s largest vineyard. Here, Chapel Down uses a large portion of grapes grown to produce their sparkling wine… and many local sparkling wines are made here too!

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7. English sparkling wines are great – as evidenced in blind-tasting international competitions where some English sparkling wines now beat the best of Champagnes!

8. Sparkling wine accounts for 60% of the UK’s wine production. Now that’s a lot!

The tasting table

9. At 2014’s prestigious International Wine Challenge, four English vineyards scooped top awards. Breaky Bottom’s Cuvee Reserve Brut 2010 (East Sussex), Nyetimber’s Classic Cuvee 2009 (West Sussex) and Gusbourne Estate’s Brut Reserve (Kent) all picked up one gold medal, while Camel Valley in Cornwall achieved two with its Pinot Noir Rose Brut (2012) and its Chardonnay Brut (2009).

Nyetimber

10. If you want to do something to impress your friends, or someone you’ve just met who you think may be impressed by something odd like this, then you can drop a raisin into a fresh glass of English Sparkling, and watch it as it goes from the top to the bottom of the glass, and back up and back down, continually.

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