We have a fine selection of mostly local or nearby wines, all but one of them are vegan.
Our Red Wines
Our house red is a Merlot, La Marouette, from France. An open and succulent wine. It has the plumy character of a good merlot, with touches of damsons, violets and spicy fruit. It is a medium light wine.
£3.50 per glass / £14.00 bottle
We also feature a Rioja Azabache Crianza. An impressive modern syle Spanish Rioja with well composed structure and good length. Medium full win. This wine is not vegan, but vegetarian.
£4.00 per glass / £16.00 bottle
Regent Pinot Noir – Sedlescombe Vinyard from England. Regent is the result of a five-year project to produce a full bodied wine that could dispel the criticism often levied at English reds of being a bit "thin and weedy". It’s a juicy, accessible red, medium bodied, sweet fruited with a hint of spice and gentle oak. Think pinot noir in style with ripe damson, plum and morello cherry flavours. Made by Roy Cook with Regent grapes and matured in oak barrels for six months.
£6.00 per glass / £22.00 bottle
Did you know that choosing wines that have natural cork is an environmental choice - click the cork symbol below to find out why!
Our White Wines
Our house white wine is a Domain de Caylus from France. A great example of this popular dry white from Armagnac country south of Agen. Clean, fruity nose - fleurs blanches and lemon, lively, zingy acidity and a crisp finish, softened by pleasant residual sweetness.
Boira - Pinot Grigio.
From San Polo de Piave inthe heart of the Trevisio countryside, inland from Venice, comes this rather gentle, understated Pinot Grigio. The vineyards are in a natural depression 4 metres below the surrounding farmlands offering plentiful water and richer soils. The wine is a strong yellow straw colour and the bouquet unmistable and immediate with hints of acacia flowers. On the palate it's dry, on the one hand fairly full-bodied yet delicately flavoured, and notably well-balanced.
SILVER MEDAL CONCOURS VINS BIOS 2009 (2008 vintage)
COMMENDED - INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE 2007
“Limney” Horsmonden Dry White. This organic dry white from the heart of Kent has a nice clean fruity/aromatic nose with hints of strawberries and summer flowers. The initial impression in the mouth is similar and mid-palate there are some nice zesty grapefruit flavours and Gewurztraminer-like spice. The finish borders on bone dry and is slightly minerally. A blend of five grape varieties - each picked and fermented separately to maximise the fruit style without influencing the flavours. This wine is bottled without filtration in an attempt to preserve its vitality and structre. Will hopes that the lack of sterile filtration will help the wine show more complex yeast-related flavours as it ages in the bottle.
£5.50 glass / £22.00 bottle
A great summer drinking wine; modern, dry and direct on the palate with notes of ripe berry fruit and delicate touches of pepper on the finish. Great value too.
£4.00 glass / £16.00 bottle
High class dry fizz from Penedes with crisp apple and melon flavours, and a weighty complex palate. A fine example of the art of Cava - a sparkler that's fast becoming the fashionable alternative to champagne. With quality like this it's easy to see why.
This acclaimed English sparkler comes from Will Davenport's vineyard in Rotherfield on the Kent-Sussex border. Made from 55% Pinot Noir with 45% Auxerrois, it's been aged on its lees for over 2 years. The wine is in traditional champagne style with good Pinot character (although a touch softer than in previous vintages) and pleasing yeast flavours. It's crisp, stylish and creamily refreshing with some lovely ripe apple nuances. Its elegant packaging saw it was chosen as the best presented bottle at the English Vineyards Association Competition in 2005.
Carte d’Or, rosé champagne Country: France Our only Champagne, it is only champagne if it comes from the region Champagne in France. This is a rich and classy example of rose champagne at it’s best. A twist of Vanilla chased by a mix of strawberry and cherries. Vegan. 2 Grapes varieties: Chardonnay/Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier
£33.00 per bottle
Ecotip of the Day
Avoid buying Californian, Australian or Argentinian Wines as an example of carbon wasting products. Why fly or ship a drink half way round the planet when we ourselves have a rich and ripened tradition of creating outstanding wines this side of the world. And - with the planet warming up we can now look forward better and better English wines!
Did you know?
What defines a vegan or non vegan wine???
During the wine making process both organic and non-organic vintners typically employ the use of clarifying/fining agents derived from animal products - those ranging from egg whites, egg albumin, casein (milk protein) and gelatin (derived from animal bones) to chitin (obtained from lobster and crab shells) and isinglass (a fish by-product).
Fining is the process which makes cloudy wine clear, and removes "off" tastes and unwanted substances missed during the filtration part of the process. As the fining agents are poured into the wine, they pass from top to bottom, acting as magnets that attract the unwanted particles. Once completing their journey they are removed - theoretically leaving no traces of them behind.
It is the agents used for fining that determine the suitability of wine for Vegans. Fining agents used to process Vegan Wines are typically organic, plant or mineral-based material such as bentonite clay, kaolin, carbon or diatomaceous earth (rock made from pulverized algae).
It is fortunate that there are wines available that have had no contact with animal matter whatsoever. It is unfortunate however that finding them is difficult, as they are not always readily available, or clearly labeled. Then too, once you locate one of these Vegan Wines you'll find that it may not be produced as vegan in a subsequent vintage of that same wine.
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