How to choose the perfect sparkling wine?

There’s nothing better than sipping a crisp glass of sparkling wine, especially when you’re toasting the festive season and the end of a decade. With so many different styles of sparkling wine, how do you choose the one that suits your tastebuds?

We caught up with our winemaker Gavin to ask him for his top tips of choosing the best sparkling wine for you.

What’s new with sparkling wine these days?

Consumers who appreciate good fiz regularly feel that Prossecco may have run its course and are seeking out good value alternative single house Champagnes. Minimalist producers with ‘petulant natural’ styles also French Crémants and revisiting Spanish Cava, however, if you look carefully there are still some worthwhile Prosseccos and Lambruscos to be had.

Is there a common mistake people make when choosing a sparkling wine?

Looking only at big brands and bling packaging and not reading the label, also only buying Brut as sweetness kills flavour and masks fault.

How do you help customers choose a sparkling wine?

Is it for a special occasion, enjoying with food or casual quaffing? Do they like the fresh and precise blanc de blanc, fuller Classic Cuvée or my favourite…Rosé.

Do you have any top sparkling wine tips?

Drink Brut, if it is not lively on opening it is likely that it is going to disappoint. Unless it is the top end it is unlikely it will improve with age so drink it!

What are some of your preferred food pairings?

Our Hencote Evolution with Oysters is a delicious pairing. Classic Cuvée with mushroom risotto and Rosé with fillet steak are also very good combinations – another favourite is also a Rosé with Eaton Mess.

If you’re looking for that perfect sparkling wine this Christmas and New Year why not try our Evolution.

Wine Festival Offers

Our Annual Grape Harvest Has Begun!

During our ‘October Grape Harvest Festival’ we our celebrating everything to do with the vine and sharing our passions with our customers.

See a few of our tasty wine and dine offers below:

The View Bar Tasting Experience Returns! 
Sample each of our wines, with tasting notes from our sommelier Sahara:

Blended ‘Lifestyle Wine’ Tasting: 
Taster of each of our three ‘Lifestyle Blends’ 2017:
White, Rose, Red. £5 per person.

Hencote ‘Estate Wine’ Tasting. 
Our own ‘Hencote Estate’ harvested wines 2018:
White ‘Solaris’. Rose + Glass of ‘Evolution’ Sparkling Wine.
£10 per person. Including a 125ml glass of ‘Evolution Sparkling’ to enjoy whilst you peruse our menus.

Dine & Save:
Enjoy one of our pre-dinner tastings and order any of our ‘Lifestyle’ or ‘Hencote Estate Wines’ with your meal and save £5 Off your first bottle.

The Cellar Shop: Case Deals.
When you dine, you can take home a Mixed case of 3 wines, and receive £10 off the total price!
OR Mixed case of 6 wines receive £20 off the total price.

Simply ask for us to prepare your wines when dining, and we can add to your bill, with your exclusive discounts. Not in conjunction with any other offers or membership discounts.

Book, dine, wine & save here

Terms: ‘Tasting’ samples in tasting glass measures approx 100-125ml. Offers valid on any dining during October 2019 subject to availability.

WINERY TOURS: Available throughout our harvesting season. Tour pre-booking details here

Hencote’s first vintage

Hencote is extremely proud to announce that our first vintage of 2017 is now complete. We began our harvest in mid-September, from which we hope to produce Hencote’s first vintage of still and sparkling wine.