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Thoughts from Taurus Wines

Taurus Wines 240 x 180I had to pop in to Taurus Wines in Cranleigh, Surrey (just south of Guildford) and took the opportunity to ask Rupert Pritchett what he thought about the current state of English Wines. Taurus is a tiny wine shop with a huge reputation and certainly know what they are talking about as their quoted specialism of providing “fine wines and Champagne for celebrations and parties” was highlighted last year when they were asked to supply the Royal Barge for the Queen’s Jubilee.

Rupert said that they would love to stock more English wines, but overall he finds the quality variable. He therefore only currently stocks wines from Nyetimber, Stopham Vineyard and has also been very supportive of the local Albury Vineyard – the three producers whose wines he provided for the Jubilee.

I asked what effect he thought last year’s terrible weather would have on 2012 vintages  – obviously the quantity of grapes has been down in most cases, but he doesn’t think that means the quality will necessarily be compromised –  only time will tell. We also had a brief chat about red wines in particular and I think the polite word for what Rupert thought about growing Pinot Noir in this country would be “optimistic” (but aren’t all wine growers in this country optimistic?!) His tip on the grape variety most likely to produce good English reds is Dornfelder, but he wasn’t sure about whether people are ready to buy a wine made from a grape they hadn’t even heard of. Well, Bacchus and even Madeleine Angevine are definitely starting to get a bit of name recognition, so again, only time will tell…

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