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Tickets £12.50 per person, in advance only, from Lysses House Hotel
Numbers are quite limited.
We are very lucky that some of the best English, and indeed, Hampshire Sparkling Wine producers seem to be on our doorstep. Most of our customers will be aware of Hambledon Vineyard and their wines as we have been championing them since they launched their first sparkling wines in 2014. You can read more about Hambledon Vineyard here and about the wine tasting in December 2015 in which they beat some rather big names.
Steve Lowrie, who works in both the vineyard and in sales, will be showing two white sparkling wines from Hambledon Vineyard, their Classic Cuvee and their Premiere Cuvee.
Cottonworth, who are based in the Test Valley to the north of Stockbridge, are relative new-comers to Fareham Wine Cellar. but they planted their first vines in 2005 and how been producing Hampshire Sparkling Wine and steadily expanding since then. They eventually outgrew their winery and the wine is now made at Hattingley Valley’s nearby state of the art winery.
They produce an excellent Classic Cuvee Brut and a Sparkling Rose which we will be showing at this tasting. These will be presented by Laurent Bergman who works for their agents in the UK, Berkmann Wine Cellars.
First of all, a big thank you to Laurent and Steve for a very informative evening and for showing us some fantastic Hampshire Sparkling Wines from Cottonworth and Hambledon Vineyard respectively. Thank you to Chef Clive Wright of Lysses House Hotel for some fantastic savoury, and sweet, canapés which were a great match for the wines. We were very lucky with the weather, it did look as if we would have to go inside at one point, but the rain held off.
It was very interesting to see people’s reactions and speak to them about their favourite wines. Everyone seemed genuinely interested and impressed by the wines. There seemed to be a bit of a spread of favourites. There was no scientific survey done but, it seemed to me, that the favourite of the evening was the Hambledon Vineyard Classic Cuvee. Some preferred the slightly more fruity and floral notes of the Hambledon Classic Cuvee whilst some people preferred the slighty leaner more racy style of the Cottonworth Brut. My favourite was probably the Hambledon Premier Cuvee. It is a much more serious wine with a bit more weight and good, yeasty, autolytic character, mainly due to 37 months on the lees. It does, of course come with a much higher price tag, a fair reminder of the old adage that “you get what you pay for”. We served the Cottonworth Sparkling Rosé Brut with a couple of sweet canapés and it was a great match for the strawberry and cream canapé that was served. The Cottonworth Rosé has a very delicate, very pale pink colour and is a fantastic dry and refreshing sparkling wine. I’ll say it again, we are lucky to have two such quality Hampshire Sparkling Wine producers on our doorstep.