English fizz is no longer just an insider. Wine critics and journalists worldwide have handed victory in blind tastings to English bubbles often enough for us to realise that this definitely isn't simply a national gimmick anymore.
Why shouldn't it be good? With much the same soil, the same climate and, in many cases, the same know-how as that famous region a few hundred kilometres to the South-East, English sparkling wine is one of the wine-industry’s fasting-growing sectors.
Names such as Chapel Down, Ridgeview, Camel Valley and Nyetimber have brought these fantastic products into supermarkets where consumers often boycott their previously favourite Champagne brand for some fantastic British wine.
It’s diverse too. Whereas some producers have gone along the lines of creating wine as similar to Champagne as possible using the same varietals and similar production techniques, others have opted to create a new style of wine – a British sparkler that uses varietals grown (nearly) only in England to make unique and fabulous creations.
Although the production and retailing of English sparkling wine is popular, the Rosés from UK producers have been slower into the racks of your local grocer. It won’t surprise you but the Rosé is also very good. Many producers opt for the often more difficult job of allowing the grape skin to define the colour of the wine rather than (as is commonplace in most of the Champagne region) pouring a small amount of riper red into the final product for the pink hue.
Here are my favourite English Rosé sparkling wines.
Finding these wines where you live
All of the above-listed wines are widely available in the UK. Many of them are now available in mainland Europe and a select few in the United States. If you are having trouble finding the wines where you live, get in touch and I'll gladly assist you in finding them.