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Bit of a departure this week from the general theme of scouting for the bargains. Instead, I want to let you know about a wine from a local vineyard.

Last week, we took a Canadian friend of ours to Bodiam Castle, for a traditional English picnic (in the drizzle), followed by a visit to Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard.

If you’ll excuse the pun, they are a really friendly bunch at Sedlescombe, and have just become the first vineyard in England to be certified as biodynamic. I won’t try to explain that here. Google it, or think: ‘organic, with a bit of a crazy twist’!

We tasted the range of wines, and there were a couple that really stole the show. I personally loved the Regent 2010. But I’m going to review one of their white wines.

The Bodiam Harvest 2010 is made from Reichensteiner grapes grown at Bodiam Castle vineyard. It’s a very pale lemon colour. First aromas are of apples and pears – and are really pronounced. Second nose (after a swirl) gives more citrus and a whiff of boiled sweets! Soft in the mouth with good body, there are honey and lemon flavours with a cidery twang too.

It’s medium-dry and a bit spicy. We were planning to have ours with a Thai take-away, but (guttingly) Thai Xperience in Robertson Street is closed until further notice… It’ll go equally well with a fresh seafood salad.

At £12.95 this is high-priced, but it’s hand-crafted, and worth it for a special occasion!


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Earlier in the year I went to Bordeaux to complete a course at the Wine School there.  I met some fantastic people and made some good friends.  One of my fellow wine travellers  – a lovely, funny Canadian – has spent a couple of days with us on her Grand Tour of Europe.

We were able to take her on a traditional English picnic at Bodiam Castle (plus drizzle).  And we visited Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard on the way home.

We had a fab time.  Susan, who led us through the tasting was knowledgable, warm and welcoming.  Inge (who is in the video clippet) was absolutely brimming with enthusiasm. 

There are exciting things happening at Sedlescombe.  They have just become the first vineyard in England to be certified as biodynamic.  They have won awards for their First Release white and Regent red wine…

I will be reviewing the Bodiam Harvest 2010 in my Resident Wine Guru column next week.

All I can say is: get yourself down to Sedlescombe – it’s well worth a visit!

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