Robinsons Brewery have announced that they are to list two English Fizz producers from the West Country. Customers will be able to choose between the Pinot/Chardonnay 2013 vintage blend from Smith and Evans, a wine that uses Burgundian rather than Champagne clones to produce a fizz with layers of texture and rich fruit, and the incredibly fine 100% Pinot Noir Jubilate Rosé from Aldwick estate; A wine that Noel Reid, Wine Buyer for Robinsons Brewery, describes as divine.
Sandy Luck, Managing Director of Aldwick Court Farm and Vineyard, said: “Aldwick Court Farm joined forces with Smith & Evans to promote our wines at the 37th London Wine Fair in May to restore trade awareness of the enduring tradition of quality winegrowing in Somerset. Financially, it was a high-risk campaign for modest-sized, family-run vineyards such as ours. Noel Reid was our first visitor. His forthright assessments did much to boost morale, and his return visit the following day brought reinforcement. Aldwick now celebrates victory in Robinsons’ proposed alliance. We could not wish for better, what with mutually shared principles of family-oriented business values, the pursuit of excellence, and geographical affinity. From North to South, West is best”.
Noel Reid, Wine Buyer for Robinsons Brewery, said: “It is the perfect time to offer these English wines to our customers. The English Fizz market has never looked in better shape and the two producers we have selected will offer our customers English fizz of exceptional quality. The strength of both these Somerset wineries would suggest a real future for the region in the sparkling wine arena producing high quality fizz of real character. It’s nice to be able to champion the region and we are looking forward to sharing both these lovely wines with our customers.”
Noel continued: “The Aldwick Rose is sublime… wonderful finesse, a classy act and should quickly win admirers. Having the opportunity to list this alongside such a standout, complex fizz as that produced by Smith and Evans we hope will really open customers’ eyes to what our vineyards can produce here in the UK”.
Guy Smith, Owner of Smith and Evans, said: “As an award-winning family wine producer we’re delighted to be working with another award-winning family, famous for both its wine and beer. We’re really looking forward to teaming up with people who genuinely share our passion for making great drinks. Robinsons have 179 years of history on their side and we’re only just into our second decade of growing grapes and making wine, and so we’ve a lot to learn from people like them”.
Sparkling wines from Evans and Smith and Aldwick will be represented within the Robinsons Wines Portfolio, and will be available in the coming weeks to purchase through both their estate of Robinsons pubs in the North West of England, and through Robinsons free trade channels.
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