Really pleased to see this thread which prompted me to get in touch with Susie and Peter yesterday. Here’s what they sent me:
*There are more details about our Big English Wine Adventure on our website: https://susieandpeter.com/watch/english-wine-adventure/ There are also a few fun videos and photos on there that help explain things.
In short, though, we wanted to do a fun project for charity with English wine. We initially hooked up with Hattingley Valley, just up the road from us in Hampshire, to make a Hampshire Blanc de Blancs fizz from the 2016 vintage. We helped with the harvest and pressing and then blending…
And then got so over-excited we decided to do it again in 2017. This time a Pinot Meunier-dominant fizz (the potential of which we find very exciting).
*After that, we said we’d have to call it quits. Although it’s only about 1,000 bottles of each wine - i.e. nothing in the grand scheme of things - it was still getting bigger than we’d initially anticipated. *
But then along came the vintage of the century in 2018 and we thought: we’ve got to do a still wine, to show the quality on that front too, and we think Pinot Noir is capable of great things in the UK, and we’d been tasting some amazing stuff from Essex…so we approached a winery there and hence the bottle you saw on the IG Live. Which we only just tasted for the first time in bottle, our precious Essex Pinot…and now we’re even more excited.
So that’s it really. We thought it would be fun, while we were making and maturing the wines, waiting for them to be ready, to involve people by asking them to suggest a name for the wines and a charity to support. So any suggestions on that front much appreciated. Again, people can use the link above and there’s a really short and easy form to fill in and submit if people have any ideas. I’m sure your inventive and altruistic members will certainly have things to say! Which we would really welcome.
If we do end up choosing someone’s name and/or charity, they will get a free selection of all the bottles. (The name Make English Wine Great Again…has yet to be suggested.)
Good luck everyone!