East Sussex, England

Sugre Pierre

The Trouble with Dreams Chardonnay Blend 2014

By some measure the most impressive and unique English sparkling wine I’ve tried to date, Dermot Sugrue’s 2014 ‘Trouble With Dreams’ is a fabulous standard-bearer for the potential of English wine, and for the terroir of the South Downs in particular.

Deep golden in colour, the wine has medium effervescence and opens with gorgeous aromas of almonds, pastry, burnt butter, pear and red apples. The palate is profoundly complex, with a gorgeous display of acidity on entry that transforms to a broad, nutty mid-palate and a creamy, very lengthy finish.

Production is tiny - Dermot Sugrue’s main focus is at Wiston, where the vineyards are far bigger - and hence TWD retails for around £45, which can be considered at the pricier end of the spectrum for English sparkling. Nonetheless this represents superb value in my opinion and is a wine that should continue to age well.
— a month ago

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South Downs Bacchus Reichensteiner 2018

Amazing wine found at a wine farm whilst out on a walk. — 4 months ago


Classic Cuvée

Sparkling bright acidity, med sweetness, low-med alcohol, crisp green apples, high minerality — 6 months ago


Bloomsbury Sparkling White Blend 2020

Proper fizz that. Much softer bubbles than prosecco, gorgeous Amber colour with peachy taste. Quaffed it up in the sun with Carol and Andy and The Meal. Good choice, especially on offer at £20 Waitrose (normally £27). — a month ago


Demi-Sec Chardonnay

Mini bottle — 3 months ago

Wiston Estate Winery

South Downs Rosé Pinot Meunier Blend 2014

Second time trying a wine from Wiston Estate in Sussex, and a wholly different experience to boot. This vintage (2014) rosé comfortably stands shoulder-to-shoulder with any of the pink Champagne I’ve had in recent years, and is the most memorable sparkling rosé I’ve tasted since Krug NV some years ago.

The wine’s aromas are dominated by the Pinot Noir that comprises 68% of the cuvée, with dried cherry, rose petal and cranberry, as well as a touch of earthiness. The palate is generous, savoury but with beautifully ripe fruit, medium bodied with mouthwatering acidity and a long, sumptuous finish.

This really is impressive stuff and I encourage anyone new to English sparkling to seek out this splendid wine.
— 5 months ago

Greene King / Morland Brewery

Old Speckled Hen English Fine Ale


Man I love this stuff - with that widget, it comes out nice & creamy, sweet maltiness, this is a classic English Red Ale — 3 months ago

Lyle, Ira and 6 others liked this


Double Chocolate Stout

Rather lovely! Mild chocolate 🍫 aroma with faint sweetness. Chocolate and beer together oh my!

Really a decadent stout to enjoy. Just in time for Easter. 🐣

Thank you England 🇬🇧 for another quality stout.

•5.2% ABV • March 30, 2021
— 4 months ago

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Shawn Thompson

Shawn Thompson

Nice one! Cheers 🍻

Hoffmann & Rathbone

Classic Cuvée Pinot Noir Blend 2013

Lovely soft mousseux, pinot noir very noticeable and a sharp green fruit taste. — 7 months ago