Raise a glass: Essex grapes make London rosé

Blackbook English rosé wine

British wines have come a long way, baby. And now there's a new wine producer making its English vino in the middle of London.

Blackbook's first wine is a 2017 English rosé made from pinot noir grapes from Clayhill Vineyard in Essex using, it says, traditional winemaking approaches such as indigenous ferments. You'll find it in three Michelin-starred restaurants and other eateries and wine bars in London and the south-east.

Blackbook says this will be followed by a pinot noir and a chardonnay, and later a sparkling wine too. You'll also be able to see how the wine is made at regular tours of Blackbook's winery in Battersea from the end of August.

It's actually English Wine Week right now (May 26th to June 3rd) and there's plenty of anglo brands shouting about their plonk – check it out online.

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