â€śBreaky Bottomâ€ť and â€śCamel Valleyâ€ť may sound like craft cider monikers but theyâ€™re not. Theyâ€™re English sparkling winesâ€”and award-winning English sparkling wines at that.
Not five words youâ€™d expect to read in the same sentence, never mind the same book.
Often uttered with the same contempt that Brits of a certain age reserve for 1970s â€śclassicsâ€ťBlue Nun and Liebfraumilch, it may well be time to drop the prejudice against English sparkling wine because homegrown fizz is fastÂ giving Champagne a run for its money.
This year, Englandâ€™s best bubbles picked up a bumper crop of 17 gold medals at theÂ International Wine Challenge (IWC) and 81 assorted accolades at the Decanter World Wine Awards. Champagne producers may have little to be worried about when it comes to these English effortsÂ flooding the market (for now), they should probably be concerned about the competitionâ€™s quality.
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