Welcome to our latest installment of #WinephabetStreet. In this series, Debbie Gioquindo and I will be working our way through the wine world by way of the alphabet. Each month we will take the next letter in the alphabet and learn the characteristics and history of the grape, as well as suggested wine pairings. So uncork, unscrew or saber that bottle and connect with us as we chat, laugh and drink wine all in a laid back atmosphere.
U is for United Kingdom Sparkling
As of 2014, the UK ranks 6th in the world for overall wine consumption rather than producing it. So it isn’t odd that most people don’t think about England as producing top quality wine. At just over 65%, Sparkling wine makes up the majority of English wine production.
Andrew Jefford, an English journalist, radio presenter, poet, magazine editor, and wine writer, wrote “What had once been regarded as a harmless eccentricity has become, over the last decade, one of the wine world’s most promising developments.” The Wine and Spirits Trade Association projects that English Sparkling Wine production will double by the year 2022 to approximately 10 million bottles annually (with plans to export at least a quarter of that figure to the United States)
In My Glass
Hattingley Valley Classic ReserveSparkling (SRP: $45)
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