As the temperatures drop and the nights get darker, the Social Pantry team are all feeling festive as we reach for a well deserved (also rather large) glass of wine after a busy week of events.
We are privileged to work with local supplier Jascot’s, who source a selection of English wines, including those from Three Choirs Winery. A total of 15.6 million bottles of English wine were produced in 2018 alone. English and Welsh wines are now exported to 40 different countries and 57% of wine consumed at UK government functions is English. Nestled in Gloucestershire, Three Choirs’ winery is one of the oldest in the UK, the first grapes being planted in 1973, and is still a family run business. Three Choirs recognises and appreciates the British climate, although that does means a lot of cold, wet evenings, so does not try to mimic Fresh styles and focuses on British flavours.
Scottish blend cashmere socks and a crackling fire are the perfect accompaniment to Three Choirs’ Ravens Hill Red Wine, a favourite amongst our clients. The oaky full bodied wine, with notes of blackberry and cherry, was recently awarded Best English Red by GB. In true Social Pantry fashion, we love to use suppliers who’s ethos are in line with ours. Three Choirs is championing sustainability in the wine industry. From planting trees to give homes to bats and birds, to recycling grape skins and using rain water irrigation. By 2020 they hope to eliminate pesticides in their vineyards and are working towards being completely carbon neutral.
With these facts in mind, still only a small percentage of wines consumed in the UK are English wines. At Social Pantry we encourage our clients and friends to help local farmers and small run businesses, enjoy our beautiful country’s produce and try to be as environmental friendly as possible. Who doesn’t want save the planet while being nose deep in an award winning English Sparkling wine?!
If you want to read more about our wine then check out Amelie’s blog on Seasonality in our Menus
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