Over the last few weeks, the first of the young English 2018 still wines have started to hit the market. Anything that requires ageing – here’s looking at you still pinots and chardonnays – won’t get a release till later this year.
Blackbook’s Tamesis is made from bacchus grown at Forty Hall Vineyard in Enfield, London. That makes it the first wine in over a century that has been grown and produced inside the capital. I’m holding off on tasting notes as Sergio for a few weeks, but my small taste on Saturday was very good. It’s the first English bacchus I’ve had that’s not just smack-you-in-the-face elderflower (thank God!).
Sergio runs Blackbook with his wife Lynsey, and if you follow them on Instagram, they never seem to stop. If you haven’t visited an urban winery and live in London, do check them out.
Last week marked the end of my affordable roundups from year one of Josh’s Wine List
. You can revisit/bookmark the wines under £10
, wines under £15
and wines under £20
for later days. I’ve had lots of great feedback for this roundup: so thank you very much. Have you bought anything from the list and tried it yet?
Next week is the year anniversary of the weekly email. I cannot believe how quickly this has flown. I’m going to try to line up something a little celebratory for that then.
A reader emailed asking how to get the most out of wine festivals where there were will be hundreds of wines to try. I take a stab at answering this in this week’s Learn.