Raise a glass to Her Majesty the Queen!
To celebrate the Platinum Jubilee there will be a specially extended Bank Holiday weekend from Thurs 2nd - Sunday 5th June. Our superb range of English wines provide the perfect toast for this historic occasion.
The Royal family are no strangers to Ridgeview wines. Bloomsbury was poured for the Royal Family at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs 2009 served at the Queen’s 80th birthday celebration.
How nice it would be to have a bottle or two of the Grosvenor knocking around but alas, we always have a steady supply of the delightful Bloomsbury. This signature blend is Chardonnay dominant with small amounts of Pinot Noir and Meunier. The perfect aperitif - dry, elegant and fit for a Queen!
When Dermot and Ana came to visit us in March we were, once again, blown away by the quality of their wines.
A tricky and tiny vintage for their Storrington vineyard; a portion of the grapes were sourced from the ever reliable Jenkyn Place in Hampshire. A blend of 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, this is a young and fruit driven wine with all of the depth of character and uplifting joy we have come to expect from Dermot’s extraordinary winemaking.
The blend is 70% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier. A beautiful wine with inviting aromas of soft fruit and brioche, refreshing acidity and an elegant finish.
Michelle Moreau (sister of French actress Jeanne Moreau) was a dancer, poet and writer. A close friend of local winemaker Peter Hall, this cuvee is dedicated to her. As a lady who moved in high circles, it seems fitting to elevate her namesake wine to Kir Royal status! With the addition of Breaky Bottom’s extremely rare Blackcurrant Liqueur, you can create this luxury cocktail and celebrate in style.
Pour 15ml of chilled Breaky Bottom Creme de Cassis into a suitably regal glass and top with 120ml of chilled Breaky Bottom Michelle Moreau.
Rathfinny Estate’s racy Rose Brut is our Sussex Sparkling of choice for a delightful afternoon tea! Striking cerise in hue, expressive red-fruit on the nose and ripe cherries and lifted notes of quince on the palate. A Champagne varietal blend of 63% Pinot Noir, 19% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Meunier.
Classic Victoria Sponge
- 175g Self Raising Flour
- 175g Caster Sugar
- 175g Butter softened
- 3 Eggs
- ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
- Tbsp Milk
Grease and line 2 x 20cm/8" round cake tins. Preheat the oven to 180C.
Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and adding a spoon or two of flour to prevent the mixture splitting. Add in the vanilla and milk and fold in the rest of the flour. Split the mixture between the two tins and bake for 20-25 mins or until golden brown and springs back when lightly touched.
The Women’s Institute are insistent that it must be filled with raspberry jam and with caster sugar sprinkled on top. I am partial to the addition of some whipped up double cream!
If fizz isn’t your thing, we recommend this single variety, single vineyard wine made from grapes grown in West Sussex.
A highly aromatic wine with white peach, orange zest and lime. We have chosen this wine for its versatility. It will pair with a wide range of cuisines and stand up to a little spice, so if you want to go for a 1950s throwback, then it could be paired with Constance Spry's famous Coronation Chicken!
There is now a greater respect for the varied cuisines and regional dishes from India and its neighboring countries thanks to chefs such as our friend Kanthi Thamma who's food you can order online in Brighton and Hove from Easy Tiger.
Also celebrity chef Atul Kochhar (who I met a few years ago) hailing from Jamshedpur, India. This 2 Michelin Star chef has had a huge impact on the way people perceive Indian food in the UK. Check out his Chicken Tikka Masala Pie recipe which will work a treat with this wine.
Butlers will be hosting a Rathfinny tasting in the shop on Friday 21st May, there are only 10 spaces so book now!!