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A trilogy of Lurgashall liqueurs

These three berry-based liqueurs in varying brilliant shades of red are all especially appealing at this time of year. They're dark, sumptuous, intensely aromatic and offer the warming comfort of a mulled wine or port, with the added appeal of being made with English-grown fruit. All three expressions - sloe, black cherry, and elderberry port - are new additions to the Lurgashall range, thanks to the stellar efforts of owner and producer Sarah Thompson who only took over the operation a year ago and has spent her time fruitfully by befriending producers in her area with gluts of berries to share. 

International Sparkling Wine Symposium

Denbies Wine Estate
3 December 2013 - 4 December 2013

The 3rd International Sparkling Wine Symposium will be taking place at Denbies in Dorking.

Once more, the world’s top sparkling wine specialists are gathering in the UK for an exchange of ideas and to share their insight into how to create this most highly coveted of beverages.

One for the pros, English – and possibly Welsh – winemakers will have a chance to rub shoulders with leading Champagne, prosecco and cava creators.

Snowdrop Inn Great Beer Exposition

7 October 2011 - 9 October 2011

Two of the country’s leading beer writers head to the Snowdrop Inn to join a weekend of beer and culture, with the ale centre stage in the form of a Beer Festival curated by cult brewer, Mark Tranter, creater of Dark Star’s highly sought after beers.

Yes, Mark, who is renowned for his deliciously distinctive brews, has been let loose to choose the beers he loves, the beers that have inspired him – including a few that have never been seen before. All part of the second Lewes OctoberFeast, as Mark's friendly blog recounts, he's called in a few favours to come up with what looks like an unmissable selection.

Lewes OctoberFeast

1 October 2011 - 9 October 2011

The Lewes October Feast is now well under way. The second outing for this vibrantly tasty event offers beer & wine tastings, cheese & wine matching, plus a beer festival curated by cult brewer Chris Tranter from Dark Star Brewery.

There’s just time to book your ticket for the ever popular Harveys Brewery tour on Tuesday. With all proceeds going to charity, you’ll also have a chance to sample some of its finest ales. 4 Oct, 6.30pm, £10, Harveys, 01273 480209

Boughton Beerfest

11 August 2011 - 12:00pm - 14 August 2011 - 4:00pm

The village of Boughton Aluph in Kent is, according to Boughton Beerfest organiser Simon Chandler, “the home of hops, and therefore arguably the epicentre of the beer drinking world”. If that fact has piqued your interest, read on:

Best of English – Meet the Winemaker - RidgeView

24 August 2011 - 7:00pm

Our host winery for the evening, RidgeView, needs little if any introduction. After winning the world's best sparkling wine trophy last year in the Decanter World Wine Awards, this year its wine was served to the Queen and President Barack Obama and its founder Mike Roberst was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

£39, reservations essential; to buy your ticket, click here.

Plumpton The Dean Brut NV

This year's star from Plumpton College, the UK's viticultural centre of excellence in Sussex, The Dean Brut scooped a Gold at the 2011 South-East Vineyard Association Awards, and the President's Trophy for best small production (less than 1500 litres) in the 2011 English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition.

£20, available from the college direct, local Waitrose, Waitrose Direct, Butler's Cellar (Brighton), English Wine Centre (Alfriston), Middle Farm (Firle) & selected local stores. For full list, see handy Spring Portfolio on Plumpton web.

Hush Heath Estate

Hard to believe that the vines at Hush Heath estate are less than ten years old so much has been written about the wine produced. But then owner Richard Balfour-Lynn always had his sights set high – "I want to make the best rosé in the world," he says with focused determination at his winery's official opening.

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Shepherd Neame Beer & Food Evening

Shepherd Neame
29 July 2011

Take a guided tour around Britain's oldest brewery before tucking into a seasonal four-course dinner matched with Shepherd Neame’s award-winning ales and speciality lagers. The evening will be peppered with plenty of fascinating facts about beer and rounded off with a beer quiz.

These events take place every other month and vary according to the season.
Check website for further details and to book.

Sparkling Vineyard Tour & Gallery Dinner

Denbies Wine Estate
3 September 2011

Enjoy sparkling wine and canapés at the top of Ranmore Common overlooking the might of Box Hill and the town of Dorking in the comfort of the Vineyard Train, before heading back to Denbies for a three-course dinner matched with wine in the Gallery Restaurant overlooking the vineyard.

3 Sept, £55; £50 Loyalty Club members