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Monday, 30 May 2016

Grape expectations as Ryedale deli hosts local wine producer tastings

Local deli Hunters of Helmsley is joining in the English Wine Week celebrations with a series of tastings of its most popular sellers today (Monday 30 May) from noon until 3pm.
Vine-tastic ...  Ryedale Vineyard's award-winning wines.
Ryedale Vineyards, England’s most northerly commercial vineyard, is showing off two wines: the Yorkshire Lass wine, an aromatic, off dry white, with peach flavours and a hint of grapefruit, and Yorkshire Sunset, a silver medal winning dry rose, with soft strawberry flavours and a hint of spice.
Since planting the vines a decade ago, Ryedale Vineyards has been producing award-winning wine since 2009. The family run business has ten acres of vineyards based near Westow. and supplies a variety of Hunters’ top selling white, red, rose and sparkling wines.

Christine Garnett, who owns the Hunters of Helmsley deli with her husband Chris, said: “There are around 470 vineyards operating in England, producing over 3.15 million bottles a year, yet people can still be hesitant about buying English wine.

"We are extremely lucky to have one of the best on our doorstep, and we have been stocking wine from Ryedale Vineyards for four years. English Wine Week seemed like the perfect opportunity to allow people to come and try some of our best sellers – which are perfect for summer – and also how they might pair well with different foods. We’re positive people will be very surprised. As the famous saying goes – life is too short to drink bad wine!”

Stuart Smith, who owns Ryedale Vineyards with his wife Elizabeth, said: "It's easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to the choices you make on the wine aisle, but English wine is something very special. It adds an extra dimension to think you're drinking something which has been made just a few miles down the road."

English Wine Week runs until Sunday.

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