Wine: A Time For Sparkling

Enjoyed by many, sparkling wines hold a very dear place in the hearts of numerous people. To have for a celebration or event, a sparkling production ‘fits the bill’ perfectly. Offering excellent value for money, there are plenty of choices available at wines/drinks retailers, supermarkets and online too.


Since 1995 the multi award-winning Ridgeview Company has grown to the highly successful business it is today. Ridgeview’s wines are now renowned globally. With exceptional quality being paramount, Ridgeview combines knowledge and expertise to create distinctive wines, whilst using sustainable and ethical practices. The first vines were planted during 1995. In 1999 the winery became operational and underground wine storage cellars were constructed. The year 2000 saw the release of their first bottling and they win English Wine of the Year.

RIDGEVIEW BLOOMSBURY (12% vol) utilises Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grape varieties to great advantage. This ‘Signature Blend’ was the official wine served for the late Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. Produced in Sussex, England, this brut wine is hugely popular and very much recognised as being most splendid for countless occasions, as well as highly acceptable at dining tables and on its own too.

A lightish gold colour greets the eye and the citrusy bouquet entices to the mouth’s pleasures. Forward with Chardonnay, I found this production to be elegant and fresh. An excellent wine, to drink now or to age and keep for the future. Wonderful to accompany seafood dishes and other foods including smoked salmon. The fine and persistent perlage adds to the enjoyment of this wine. Other Ridgeview sparkling wine productions include Blanc de Noirs, Blanc de Blancs and Red Reserve, amongst a most impressive range.

The on-site Rows & Vine restaurant at Ridgeview is extremely popular with visitors. Tours and Tasting Experiences are booked well in advance. Gift Vouchers are available – perhaps, surprise someone special? The very informative website has all details, including information about Gift Sets, the Wine Club and Online Ordering, plus Accommodation located nearby, if a short break is in the planning – now, there’s a thought.

As always,



Independent Restaurant and Wine reviews. Trevor is not associated with any of the products or venues featured.

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