Each week on a Tuesday and a Thursday in the run up to Fizz Feast, we’re focusing on one of our fabulous exhibitors, to give you a flavour of the treats in store on Saturday 17 November.
Our latest Fizz Feast Taster originates from a slightly unusual gentleman but nevertheless one who is extremely important to the wine industry today. Living in the 17th Century this gentleman was a philosopher, theologian, writer, pirate and inventor. Most importantly he almost accidentally, created the hugely important wine bottle. Whilst experimenting making artificial gems from glass this unsung hero developed a sturdy bottle which was strong enough to withstand being transported.
Let me introduce you to a man we should continue to raise our glasses to, Sir Kenelm Digby.
It is only fitting that the English Sparkling Wine named after Sir Kenelm Digby has been scooping up awards ever since the wines were launched. In 2014, just a year after the first bottlings of Digby were released, Digby scooped up the Trophy for Best English Sparkling Wine at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships. Digby from the outset was therefore recognised as one of the most respected English Sparkling Wine producers.
In keeping with its namesake, Digby Fine English Sparkling Wine is a pioneer in its own right, being the first pure English négociant. This translates as Digby not owning any vineyards, so the team can be highly selective, working closely with producers and choosing particular fruit depending on the vintage or style to be achieved. The team has since built up strong relationships with meticulous, passionate growers of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, naturally the traditional sparkling wine grape varieties.
Trevor Clough is the man responsible for blending and is known as being both playful with his winemaking, yet uncompromising. His skilful work results in every glass of Digby being sophisticated yet racy. True to Digby’s philosophy each style is like a member of the family having their own determined personality and crafty sense of humour.
Digby strongly believes that stretching from the white cliffs of Dover, the English Wine Country has some of the world’s best sites to grow grapes for premium sparkling wine. The chalky soil of Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and Dorset bring depth and richness. The long, cool growing season yields the vivaciousness that fine sparkling wine needs to age it to perfection. Thanks to this terroir, the English Sparkling Wine emerging category is rapidly becoming celebrated worldwide.
If you’d like to find out more about Digby Fine English then have a look at Digby’s website. Although the even more sparkling news is that Digby will be holding a Masterclass during the second session of Fizz Feast. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear more about this exciting young producer and taste these world class sparkling wines.
Fizz Feast is a true Celebration of Sparkling Wine & Artisan Food being held on Saturday 17 November at The Edinburgh Academy on Henderson Row. There are two sessions to choose from 12-3pm and 4-7pm.
Tickets are available from £22.50 and Masterclasses are from a modest £5 Find out more.
Keep an eye out for a flavour of another Fizz Feast exhibitor in the next Fizz Feast Taster blog next Tuesday.