This week, the first full container – 5,000 bottles – of English bubbly will be shipped to the US.
The sparkling wines are from four different UK producers: Digby Fine English, Hush Heath Estate, Bolney Wine Estate and Camel Valley. According to The Guardian, all are award-winners, and they’re destined for nine states including New York, Pennsylvania, Montana and Massachusetts.
“This wine stands up to any competition thrown at it,” said Trevor Clough, head blender at Digby Fine English, to The Guardian, “Our wines are as good as champagnes costing twice as much. American connoisseurs understand that.”
In recent years England’s wine industry has begun to flourish – its increasingly warm climate and chalky soils are ideal production conditions, and even the French are starting to agree. Last year Taittinger became the first Champagne house to invest in British vineyard real estate, after buying 170 acres of land in Kent. And back in April a panel of Parisian champagne experts voted that English sparkling wine was better than champagne in a blind tasting. [The Guardian]