Rosé - just a summer fling?

2018 was the second year that we decided to make a still rosé wine. It had been a stellar season for English winegrowers and when the grapes came to us, they were perfectly ripe and delicate little jewels of Pinot Noir. It seemed a shame to allocate all the fruit to a sparkling wine we wouldn’t drink for some years in the future!

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Collette O'Leary
It’s harvest time in England – pass me a beer!

While studying winemaking our lecturer told us that winemaking is 45% cleaning, 45% lugging equipment around and 10% beer and that is never more true than at harvest time!  We have spent the last few weeks stripping down tanks, cleaning them and getting the winemaking equipment ready for the first pick, so we are ready, but are the grapes? 

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Collette O'Leary
Winemakers without a vineyard! 

When you look at a bottle of wine your mind may wander to the vineyards which they came from.  You may also think that owning land and setting up your own vineyard is a dream that only a handful of people can realise –and it’s true that most of us don’t have the money needed to plant and run a vineyard.  So how can you make wine if you don’t own a vineyard? 

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Collette O'Leary