englishwine Get Patriotic With English Wines!Royalists and Republicans alike are doubtlessly out there in the sun (weather permitting!) enjoying and scowling at the bunting and street party antics of the day in equal measure. So whatever you’re up to on this impromptu bank holiday, we hope you’re having a great time celebrating (or avoiding!) the festivities!

In the mean time, we’re pondering if there’s a better way to show true patriotism than by ordering in a crate of English wine (with apologies to the rest of the British isles of that preciseness!). With many street parties held off until the summer, there’ll still be plenty of opportunities for a little enthusiastic flag waving, and 2011 is already shaping up to be a great year for the home industry.

The Denbies Wine Estate have recently celebrated becoming the first English wine to be brought into the premium wine range of a major supermarket chain, but we’ve still got many of their finest vintages available. The award winning Greenfields Cuvee 2006 is a sparkling wine with an expert blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, the same three grapes that go into Champagne. A similar theme can be found in Ridgeview’s Merret Bloomsbury 2008: this sparkling wine has been consistently successful, winning awards from the UK Vineyards Association and other bodies for previous vintages.