INTRODUCING: CHAPEL DOWN
Climate change is one of the biggest issues that is affecting the world now in 21st Century. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 10 years, it’s hard to miss the press surrounding the issue with legends of the industry David Attenborough shining a light with his moving nature documentary’s and school children taking a stand for their future, exercising their right to protest against the issue. As the problem reaches new heights, the climate of Southern England is now equivalent to that of France in its peak Champagne making days. This allowed for a rise in the English wine industry that none of us saw coming. And with Brexit holding a firm grip of uncertainty over our heads, it’s now we turn to more English suppliers to become our saviour.
Introducing to our shelves, Chapel Down. An English company with 22 acres of vineyards in the beautiful Kent countryside, Chapel Down are potentially the biggest name in the English wine game. They’ve got accolades coming out of there ears! Being the official wine of the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, official supplier to No 10 Downing Street and are suppliers to the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver. With all these prestigious achievements, they still manage to put the wine first and head winemaker Josh Donaghay-Spire is at the forefront of this, striving to keep a high standard and come up with innovative ideas that Britain hasn’t seen before.
On our shelves are some of their core range as well as some outstanding bubbles, perfect for toasting a special occasion. Chapel Downs Brut NV sparkling, and all their sparklers, are produced using the intricate Traditional Method, the same way that Champagne is made, where the bubbles occur naturally in the bottle. The grapes are all hand harvested adding a more personal touch to the winemaking process and starting at £28.75 on the shelf, it’s a cracking price too.
If sparkling isn’t your style and you’d prefer something a little less bubbly, we’ve got you covered with a small range of their still wines; Flint Dry, English Rose and Union Red. They’ve also lent their winemaking expertise to the distillation of spirits in a new collection of gin & vodka, inspired by wine. Made using grape skins to add depth of flavour and a hint of colour, these full-strength spirits are sure to become your favourite tipple on an evening out. Chardonnay Vodka, Bacchus Gin and Pinot Noir Gin all come in bottles that combines the two worlds; a gin decanter style base meeting a wine bottle top half topped with a cork stopper. The gins are available to try in our restaurant with your favourite tonic for £5.95.
This is an addition we’re truly excited to share with the county, come down to see the collection up close and personal.