South East England

Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, E & W Sussex

Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard

Head down to rural East Sussex for your chance to meet one of the UK's true eco-pioneers. Not only the first organic vineyard, but as of late 2010, Sedlescombe is home to the UK's first biodynamic vineyard.

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Guided Biddenden Vineyard Tours

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Biddenden Vineyards
16 July 2011 - 19 November 2011

Throughout the year, Biddenden is happy for you to wander around its 22 acres, and take advantage of free samples in its attractive shop. See its main entry for guided tour options, or join them on one of its free guided tour dates.

Dates are given below, the tours begin at 10am with a cup of coffee and a dose of history before you head out. A chance to taste completes the tour.

Taste the Best of “Produced in Kent”

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Biddenden Vineyards
5 June 2011 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

Head to Biddenden’s Vineyards to sample your way through the best that the county has to offer – and all in aid of charity! Each year Biddenden supports Kent Air Ambulance by hosting this event, with over 20 producers present who have won Best of Kent awards, from honey to chutney, pies to game, liqueurs to cider, beer and – of course – wine.

Tesco Finest* English White Wine 2010

Another first for those talented guys on the Surrey slopes on the outskirts of Dorking: the first English wine to be embraces as part of the Tesco Finest* range, which – as the name suggests – is the pick of the mega-grocer's selection.

And, with its aromas, well-balanced crispness and medium body, it's a textbook example of what well-priced English still wine should be.

Wareside Wines Bacchus 2010

Recently I had the good fortune to chat with David Briscoe, founder of the fledgling Wareside Wines in Hertfordshire. He sent me his 2010 Bacchus – that all-important "second vintage" which, considering it's coming from such young vines, shows some good promise.

£9.45, from the winery, 01920 468733, www.waresidewines.com

Wickham Limited Release Medium 2009

The fact that this is made from the Wurzer grape – a relative of the famously exotic Gewurztraminer – explains the floral notes on the nose and its off-dry persona.Wickham's Medium has a good balance of fresh orchard pears, ripe apples and tinned fruit salad flavours, coupled with a balanced acidity and an enjoyable medium finish.

Try solo or with light dishes, Asian-influenced recipes and salads.

£6.90, winery, WineShak shops & other independent outlets

Royal Wedding Celebration Ball

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Denbies Wine Estate
29 April 2011 - 7:30pm - 11:59pm

Still working out how to mark the Royal Wedding this Friday? Dorking-based Denbies is literally rolling out the red carpet for its Celebration Ball. Delving back into its records, the menu on offer is the one  served when the Queen and Prince Philip visited the winery in March 2004. So expect gateau of smoked salmon & smoked halibut, followed by chicken supreme and traditional sherry trifle, matched with – you guessed it – Denbies wines!

For afters there’s music from Perfidia and a chocolate fountain for anyone still a little peckish.

Lurgashall English Honey Mead

This is the most popular of the five styles of mead created by the people at Lurgashall, a winery who specialises in traditional English liqueurs, meads and fruit wines made from natural ingredients.

12.5% £7.50/50cl; £45, case 6x50cl; from the winery & online

The Chiltern Brewery

Run by brothers George and Tom Jenkinson, The Chiltern Brewery is the oldest independent micro brewery in Bucks and the Chilterns. Founded in 1980 by their father and mother, Richard and Lesley Jenkinson, its emphasis is on age-old production methods and British ingredients.

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St George's Day celebrations

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Hook Norton
23 April 2011 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

Celebrate St George’s Day like it’s 1900 at Hook Norton – one of England’s oldest working Victorian tower breweries ­– by tasting beers against a backdrop of medieval warfare displays.