Rose's Christmas Shop Watch: Camel Valley Sparkling Wine
Camel Valley English Sparkling Wine
Camel Valley, Waitrose, Fortnum & Mason
Camel Valley Brut and Pinot Noir Rosé Brut sparkling wine
Buy British fizz this Christmas
Even though many countries round the world celebrate Christmas, it always seems to be such a British occasion. Maybe because some of the traditions we observe are quintessentially British: the Christmas cracker; the pudding; the sprout; the stocking; the mince pie. So why not celebrate our Britishness by serving British sparkling wine this year?
I am sure you will have been made aware that English sparkling wines have been gaining in respect amongst the wine community, to the extent that they are now giving the French a run for their money. Camel Valley sparkling white and rosé wines are multi-award winning – the list is as long as your arm. They are also the first English producer to have been granted the Royal Warrant – so what could be better than a glass during the Queen’s speech!
Camel Valley is a vineyard in Cornwall set up by ex-RAF pilot Bob Lindo and his wife Annie in 1989, who could never have dreamt of their subsequent success. Keeping it in the family, their son Sam is the chief winemaker. I like Bob’s humble explanation of his success. “Like many winemakers in France we don’t really feel like we make the wine. Nature and the weather make wine”.
The sparkling wines are the real stars of their output thanks to the climate and soils in Camel Valley, which are similar to those in Champagne. For those in the know, the white, Camel Valley Brut, is a blend of chardonnay, seyval blanc and pinot noir grapes, made by the traditional champenoise method and has been described as “green apple and zesty citrus on the nose followed by rounded toasty and honeyed flavours and a prolonged finish” (Independent). The best description of the delicate pink Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut is “a triumph, it’s completely delicious – like a wild cherry blossom nose-kiss” (Victoria Moore). (You can get more technical information of both wines on their website.)
Whatever the critics say, I say it is a fizz worthy of celebration this Christmas. And what could be more appropriate than the name when we think of the Kings arriving by camel to worship the birth of Christ!
The great British Christmas
Camel Valley Brut and Pinot Noir Rosé Brut
Camel Valley: Brut £27.95, Rosé £29.95
White Brut: Fortnum and Mason £28.95
Rosé: Waitrose £29.99
Camel Valley Vineyard
There are guided tours available in the summer months
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0207 734 8040
Waitrose customer service
0800 188 884
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Availability and price as at 26th November 2018.