Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Best of British

all_bottles.jpg

Faced with a four-day weekend we're stuck with what to do with ourselves, we have so much time on our hands. But let's not moan, it is a four-day weekend, after all. And who do we have to thank for this? Queen Lizzie. So, why not follow our drinks guide below from Simon Field, Master of Wine and buyer for Berry Bros & Rudd, make a toast to HRH, then get back to your charred sausages.

For the toast…

2009 Grosvenor Blancs, Ridgeview Estate

This fantastic sparkling wine from West Sussex makes an elegant celebration tipple. Quintessentially British and made using Chardonnay grapes only, it’s fresh as well as round and lively as well as profound. Notes of honey, acacia and orchard fruit will suit the current warm weather and is best enjoyed with friends. The 2009 Grosvenor is probably the best English sparkling wine of all. £26.95

...........................................................................................................................................................

Fit for a king…

The King’s Ginger

Commissioned by HRH King Edward VII in 1903 to ward off the effects of ill health, this Regal tipple has been enjoyed at celebrations for over one hundred years. Ginger was chosen as the key ingredient due to its much-hyped medicinal value. The resulting liqueur is rich and zesty and although perfectly paired to any number of cocktails, it stands up extremely well on its own, taken in a sherry glass. £20

...........................................................................................................................................................

For the sunshine…

2010 Chapel Down, Flint Dry, Kent

Another suited perfectly to the warmer weather, this nicely rounded wine hails from the Kent countryside. Given it’s provenance, it’s pleasingly sweet. Freshly mown grass and paving stones after the rain appear on the nose, with depth and fruitiness following. This wine will work well with light dishes and party-style food. £9.95

...........................................................................................................................................................

For a special celebration…

Graham’s 1952 Tawny Port, Limited Edition

This wine is a real treasure and one of outstanding quality, having aged 60 years in oak casks. It’s profound and majestic, astonishingly intense and powerful. Classic notes of molasses, dried apricots, fig and clove warm the palate, with orange zest freshness and finely-wrought tannins underwriting the wine. This is a special bottle and one to thoroughly enjoyed. £275

...........................................................................................................................................................

The royal refresher…

No. 3 London Dry Gin

Distilled in traditional copper pot stills, No. 3 is a celebration of the integrity and character of traditional London Dry Gin. Juniper, pine and lavender are all present with a citrus freshness coming from Spanish orange and grapefruit peel. Angelica root adds body and a hint of coriander seed and cardamom can be tasted. Some say it makes the best Gin & Tonic around. £33.95

...........................................................................................................................................................

For the beer lover…

Meantime London Porter

This beer puts the great into Great Britain. Made by Meantime at the brewery on the banks of the Thames in Greenwich, the London Porter tastes of Dickensian London. It’s smoky and full of coal and spice thanks to the seven different malts used during brewing. An initial nuttiness gives way to a bittersweet malty chocolate finish. The slow acting yeast means this bottle will only get better with age. £27.99 (6x750ml)

Related

capt.jpg

The Avengers cocktails

Cocktail1.jpg

Keyboard mixes drinks

Black Madzik 12.jpg

How to make a squid ink cocktail

Comments

More

Supermarkets might be introducing surge pricing and hey, that is bad

They could ramp up the cost of sandwiches at lunch time

by Gary Ogden
26 Jun 2017

Americans think they've just invented sausage rolls

"This marriage is pretty genius"

by Gary Ogden
26 Jun 2017

Here’s how much you should tip in different countries around the world

Never have an awkward moment abroad again

by Tom Victor
23 Jun 2017

McDonald's delivery is officially here - and yes it includes breakfast

Your hangovers just got that little bit easier

by Tom Victor
22 Jun 2017

Are cold drinks or hot drinks actually better at cooling you down?

There are lots of myths out there, but what's the truth?

by Dave Fawbert
20 Jun 2017

Aldi is selling a ridiculous 16oz steak for under a fiver

This is the sort of news we like

by Tom Victor
15 Jun 2017

If you give "seductive names" to vegetables, people will eat them

Ooooh, those carrots are sexxxxay

by Gary Ogden
14 Jun 2017

Here's where you can exchange an actual cucumber for a gin and tonic

It's for World Cucumber Day, obviously

by Gary Ogden
13 Jun 2017

The Sunday Roast hot dog might be the new perfect food combo

Even reading the list of ingredients will leave you drooling

by Carl Anka
13 Jun 2017

Smirnoff trolls Trump over Russia connections in great new ad

Well played Smirnoff, well played

by Carl Anka
13 Jun 2017