Well we’ve all had a strange year and I hope that you and your family and friends have managed to get through it unscathed. Having been closed for just over three months, like the rest of the hospitality industry, English’s reopened on 4th July 2020 ready for action but not sure of what to expect! We got off to a flying start and it was great to see all our customers, old and new, coming through English’s door again. Whilst we are taking all precautions possible to protect customers, staff and visitors from Coronavirus/Covid-19 we are trying to make your visit to English’s as “normal” normal as possible.
And so to wine. During and since lockdown the wine industry has been in a bit of a state so please bear with us as our suppliers change vintages randomly and supplies of some wines are unreliable. Even so we have introduced several fabulous new wines which I am sure you will enjoy.
First up are a four new white Burgundies. A new Chablis 2018 from Domaine Bersan light, pale gold colour and very dry. Traditional style Chablis available by bottle, carafe and glass too! To keep it company we also have a lovely Chablis Premiere Cru, Les Beugnons, 2018 from the respected Domaine of Sebastien Dampt.
How about a white Burgundy under £40.00? Saint Veran 2018, Domaine Michel Chavet & Fils at £36.00 per bottle. A fine crisp, clean and fresh wine with good minerality. Really great value.
Also, a new Montagny! “Les Crets” 2018, from one of the highest quality producers in the Côte Chalonnaise, Domaine Feuillat-Juillot. “Floral, zesty and with good minerality”.
As I write the sun is shining so how about a lovely fresh rosé. Now available by the bottle, carafe and glass is a new-comer from Provence, Domaine Tour Campanets Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence 2019 Rosé. Made organically, it is made from Syrah, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon it quite delicious – dry, smooth and fruity. Up next is a new Riesling – from Germany – its dry and also organic! Riesling Trocken 2019, from Weingut Schwarztrauber in Plafz. Dry, light well- balanced, fresh and fruity.
Slovenia makes a welcome appearance on our list for the first time. Edi Simcic’s Rebula 2017 from Goriska in Slovenia has a “firm, full mouthfeel with a clear mineral salinity and marked crispness. Pairs well with fish or lobster in distinctive sauces”.
From Lodi, California, Gnarly Head Viognier 2017, is a refreshing full-bodied wine with aromas of white peach, citrus blossom and just a hint of minerality. “Flavours of white nectarine and guava intermingle to give a crisp juicy finish”. Great with something spicy perhaps?
Last of our new wines is a new Malbec “Aguijón de Abeja” (bee sting), from Patagonia in the Southern Argentina. Made by the Durigutti brothers, part of an exciting new generation of Argentinian winemakers. This Malbec has good structure and concentration. With aromas of red fruits such as blackcurrant, cherries and blueberries, it also combines tobacco and white chocolate. Its persistent tannins harmonize with the acidity and allow a velvety mouth passage.
We now have around 100 wines available at any one time, including 25 sparkling of which 4 are available by the glass. Of our still wines, a quick count up sees 43 whites, 5 Rosés, 20 reds and 6 dessert wines, with a total of 15 still wines available by the glass and many available by 50 cl carafe as well. About 20 of the wines are organic or biodynamic.
We hope you enjoy your visit to English’s