Let me introduce to you a new home wine tasting business. Josh and Tommy of Emerging Vines have a love of English wines and cheeses and are eager to share their passion.
Over the last 10 years English wine has started to gain national and international fame, with the accolades to match. Emerging Vines aim is to spread the word and to provide everyone with the opportunity to experience what this country has to offer! Through their wine tastings, they hope to share their passion for English wine by sharing light-hearted stories about the hard work and love which goes into each and every bottle. They endeavour to provide an informative, fun and relaxed experience that will broaden your perspective of the wine industry.
A few Sundays ago Steve and I were invited to the launch. We headed down to Totnes to meet up with Duncan from Sharpham Vineyard before heading over to one of the most beautiful settings for a party. With views over the River Dart and rolling hills in the distance it really was sight to behold. The weather gods were on our side too with blue skies and warm sunshine. It was a perfect English summers afternoon to compliment the English wines.
We were greeted with a smile and handed the first wine out of the 5 on offer. A familiar wine for me after attending the launch a few months ago. A favourite of mine; the Sharpham Vineyard 2014 vintage sparkling brut was a perfect introduction. After a short time for mingling and introductions we were ushered together to carry on with the tastings.
A long rustically styled table was set up ready for Josh and Tommy to talk us through their carefully selected wines. The second on their list was a soft pink sparkler from Polgoon Vineyard near Penzance. Polgoon Vineyard are dedicated to producing artisan Cornish wines on their family run vineyard. I have to say this wine was a gem and I will certainly be on the lookout for this in future.
The next on the list was a dry white from Trevibban Mill Vineyard. Another Cornish vineyard this time based near Padstow. A completely organic and ethical vineyard with a passion for sustainability. This wine got another ‘tick’ from me.
We then moved on to one of the most famous English wineries. Camel Valley really helped kickstart the English wine movement and have won many accolades for their wines. We had the opportunity of trying the Camel Valley rosé which was fruity and very drinkable. Perfect for a beautiful summers afternoon.
The next was a red wine from Sharpham Vineyard. Not many wine producers in England produce a red due to the climate but I think this red from Sharpham is light and summery and went really well with the cheeses on offer.
The last on our list was a sweet (ish) wine from Knightor. Not quite sweet enough to be a dessert wine but sweet enough to finish off our tasting nicely.
Josh and Tommy know their stuff and have experience working at Sharpham Vineyard. Tommy assists in the wine making and Josh is an expert tour guide. They hope to expand their new business by visiting people in their houses and businesses to share their passion and impart a little of their knowledge. I personally think it would be a great team building experience or party. I am certainly keen on organising a night with my friends.
For more information on pricing consult their website.