By Sarah Leah Chase
(June 2, 2022) When local buzz about the return of the Nantucket Wine and Food Festival in mid-May coincided with international buzz about the upcoming early June festivities surrounding Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee in London, I decided that the moment had come for me to learn about the rising bubbly -wine phenomenon in Britain by attending a Friday afternoon wine seminar on the island called British Bubbles.
I had recently read that conventional wine snobbery was being tested and challenged in blind taste tests when some bottles of British sparkling wine started beating French bottles of non-vintage champagne. Once the testers saw the labels and provenance of the bottles revealed, most quickly changed their judgments in favor of the French champagne bottles. The Nantucket Wine and Food Festival seminar was exclusively devoted to tasting British sparkling wines from the Sussex and Kent region from three different estates: Gusbourne, Hattingly and Ridgeview.
Although this is not a blind tasting, I believe the quality of British sparkling wines has been compromised by the fact that the seminar did not start at the scheduled time and the nine Tasting wines were pre-poured and allowed to sit in the glasses for 45 minutes before attendees. were encouraged to start sipping them.
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