Thanks to some talented winemakers and the increasing quality and number of English vineyards, we have plenty to celebrate in English Wine Week (May 23 -31).
Sparkling wines made from the three classic champagne grape varieties - chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier - continue to be our strongest suit.
Marks and Spencer has bolstered its English wine range with the addition of six new sparklers, including Hush Heath Sparkling Classic Cuvee NV (Balfour 1503), Kent (£22, M&S).
Another prestigious winery (and home to the award-winning Balfour Brut Rose), it has red apple aromas with rounded orchard fruits and well balanced citrus acidity.
One to rival the larger producers, Coates & Seely Brut Reserve NV, Hampshire (£27.95, www.bbr.com) is distinguished by attractive rose gold highlights with apple and elderflower aromas which lead to light, fruity flavours of apples and pear drops with a touch of lemon zest. Extremely pleasant and a good reminder this year promises to be another great year for English wine. For more info visit www.englishwineproducers.co.uk