Those of you contemplating making a living selling English Wine to our supermarkets are well advised to wander the isles and take a look at the prices and the offers. Even at English Wine friendly Waitrose the pressure is on. Chapel Down Brut is currently £16.99 as is Ridgeview Bloomsberry 2008 -20% off , Nyetimber 2005 is currently on offer at £22.99 20% off. Ridgeview Fitzrovia (rose) is £22 . CD Brut moves through pretty well anyway(being a bit of a bore I count the bottles when I visit) but unsurprisingly really motors at its £12.99 promotional price which happened 2-3 times last year. Both Ridgview and Nyetimber have been on “promotion” in the last 6 months. On the still front we had a brief visit(I think it was in January) from a very youthful Bolney Pinot Grigio 2010 £9.99, aside from that, only the usual CD suspects, English Rose, Bacchus and Flint Dry. Interestingly our local Tesco(built after promising to support local produce) has no English Wine and has not had any since putting in a couple of cases sortly after opening, a generous act never since repeated.
The business end of Hush Heath’s new bottling line has arrived to be installed and commissioned over the next few weeks. Truly versatile, it is capable of filling anything from 25cl to champagne magnums . Its is equipped to use cork,screw-cap and crown caps and will be used to bottle the 2010 Hush Heath vintage of Balfour, Nanettes English Rose, and a couple of other surprises.