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Reds, whites and sparkling to rival Champagne: 10 of the best English wines

England is becoming a serious power player in the world of wine. As news comes that Bordeaux is suffering from climate change and famous Champagne house Tattinger is opening its first vineyard outside of the Champagne area in our very own Kent, this year’s English Wine Week (28th May – 5th June) comes at a peak time for English wine.

Lisa Cope, from Bloomsbury wine bar Noble Rot, tells us: “Noble Rot Magazine held a landmark tasting a few months ago pitting Champagnes against English sparkling wines. Everything was tasted blind by a top panel of wine writers, sommeliers and chefs, and English sparkling wine took the top two spots. The winner came from Hambledon vineyard in Hampshire, beating names like Taittinger and Veuve Cliquot. It caused a ripple in the industry, and proved to any doubters that English wine is not to be dismissed.”

So what are the advantages of drinking English wine? As well as the financial upside (buying local means a better price for a higher quality), not to mention reducing the carbon footprint of your tipple, the English climate means that classic grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grow well, resulting in fresh wines that are ideal for summer.

Click through the gallery below for 10 of our favourite English wines to match the grapes we know and love  – and all available to order online.

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