Published on May 14th, 2015

English Sparkling Wine with Fish

The wine tasted this episode and where you can buy them –

Ridgeview Bloomsbury, English Sparkling Wine, 2009. Available from the Ridgeview Estates and Waitrose at c. £24.99


Why not try English Sparkling wine with food?

Hi my name’s Rebecca Dunphy with Sicilian Chef Angelo who is preparing a Sicilian inspired summer gnocchi.

Hi Angelo that smells delicious, what are you preparing?

I’m preparing gnocchi with fresh spinach, basil, tarragon, olive oil and lots of garlic, served with sea bass cooked in foil with thin slices of lemon, fresh herbs and olive oil.

The potatoes, spinach and garlic give rich earthy flavours mixed with vibrant green goodness, and the sea bass is succulent , clean with a lemon, herbal intensity when cooked in this way.
There are plenty of crisp white wines, with a herbal twist that would work, but I want something local to bring all the flavours together and to add some well deserved glamour to the dish.

I’ve chosen a Sussex Fizz called Bloomsbury, after the fashionable area of London and made by Ridgeview. This fizz really put English Sparkling wines on the map when it won the Trophy for best sparkling wine in the world at the Internatioinal Wine Challenge in 2005- what an achievement as the winery only started in 1994! It’s made just like Champagne, with the same grapes, similar soil and climate. It is lemony fresh, with a streak of minerality, with ripe melon, toast and honey.

Let’s see how they work together.

The lemon fruit and minerality is like a squeeze of lemon for the fish and nutty notes pick up on the earthiness of the dish. The best thing is both the wine and the dish are fresh and vibrant a really fun way to while away a summer afternoon.

Cheers Angelo.

Enjoy your English Sparkling Wine with food.

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