Wine tasting celebrates best of North Somerset vineyards

PUBLISHED: 14:11 11 June 2014 | UPDATED: 14:11 11 June 2014

Sandy Luck and Elizabeth Laver from Aldwick Court Farm & Vineyard, Ingrid Bates from Dunleavy Vineyards in Wrington, Ian Awty from Oatley Vineyard Cannington and Kelli Coxhead proprietor of the Wine Shop in Winscombe.

Sandy Luck and Elizabeth Laver from Aldwick Court Farm & Vineyard, Ingrid Bates from Dunleavy Vineyards in Wrington, Ian Awty from Oatley Vineyard Cannington and Kelli Coxhead proprietor of the Wine Shop in Winscombe.

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A WINE shop opened its doors for a themed event to celebrate the tastes and aromas of the drinks produced by North Somerset vineyards.

The event held at The Wine Shop in Woodborough Road, Winscombe, coincided with English Wine Week.

Guests were invited to try a selection of wines from Aldwick Court Farm in Redhill and Dunleavey Vineyard in Wrington.

Kelli Coxhead opened the shop 
18 months ago and said she always tries to stock wine produced in the area.

She said: “Being a local person and a local shop, it is important to support local products as well.

“So we stock local wine, cider, ales, fruit juice, cheese and chutney. The emphasis is on products from our area.

“I used to work at Oatley in Cannington when I was doing my qualifications. I used to do pruning and harvests and saw all the work which goes into it all year round, with the hardest work in the winter. People who make wine do it for the love of it, not for commercial reasons.”

Kelli said there are also some good sparkling wines being produced in the area, including the Aller Hill Vineyard in Langport.

She said: “When you buy an English wine you will find it is fresh, aromatic, and zesty.

“The more people buy English wine, the less expensive it will become. It is a more expensive product than your £6.99 bottle from Chile because it’s more expensive to produce.

“It’s usually lower in alcohol, which people seem to be looking for now. You don’t want heavy, high-alcohol content wines, especially in the summer.

“It’s great to drink in the garden in the summer.

“English wine is very fragrant, generally more aromatic and we use different grape varieties. We have the soil and climate we need to make great wines.”

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