Introducing Ridgeview Oak Reserve

To mark our 25th Anniversary, we have launched our first new wine in a decade – Ridgeview Oak Reserve NV.  The project especially curated our Director of Winemaking, Simon Roberts was inspired by his love of subtly oaked sparkling wines:

“With careful use of oak-aged Chardonnay, we have created a Ridgeview barrel fermented sparkling wine. Some of the very best Chardonnay grapes were selected from our home vineyard in Ditchling, planted in 1995. I have always loved what delicate oak can bring to Chardonnay and this project has allowed me to explore the additional creaminess from the oak, in harmony with our normal fresh fruit style. We have made an unique batch of 2,600 bottles which I think is one of the most exciting wines that we have released.” 

The Oak Reserve has an innovative new label design based on the texture of wood barrels. Excitingly Ridgeview Oak Reserve has just been awarded the Sparflex English Sparkling Wine Label of the Year in the 2020 Drinks Business Awards, commended for its ‘Daringly different design’. Designed in consultation with Brighton-based drinks designers Cookchick, printed on Fasson Natural Cherry Wood paper, making not only the contents amazing but a beautiful tactile experience to each bottle. Specialist label printers Reflex printed the project which was unlike any label that they had printed before, pushing technological boundaries.

Ridgeview Oak Reserve has received fantastic pre-release reviews including by Matthew Jukes: “It is bright white, lifted and energetic on the nose and palate and the oak shines through with faint smoky, nutty, pie crust hints .. I cannot recommend it enough because this is one of the most carefully assembled, barrel-influenced wines made in the UK to date.”

Each bottle has been carefully hand-labelled, with the first release limited to just 1000 bottles. At £75 Ridgeview Oak Reserve is available to purchase online direct from Ridgeview online, from our cellar door 11 am – 4 pm and Butlers Wine Cellars in Brighton.

Ridgeview Harvest 2020

In such an interesting year, we are very grateful for the glorious weather in 2020.  We did have some challenges with spring frosts, particularly the last late one in the middle of May, but with our usual care and attention we lit our bougies (frost protection candles) four times which saved the vineyard and no frost damage was recorded.

Due to such big harvests in 2018 & 19, the 2020 yields are lower and more in line with our average. A comparatively smaller vintage will be helpful in light of the additional Covid-19  protocols required in the winery during harvest. This latest September heatwave will ensure a high quality vintage as sugars are rising by the minute and the fruit is currently looking incredibly clean, with the Pinot Meunier and the Chardonnay looking stellar.

We are expecting to begin picking at Ridgeview on the 24th of September which will be one of our earliest harvests reflecting an extremely rapid phase between verasion and ripening, normally this would take around 5 weeks but this year it has been two weeks. The forecast for the next week or so looks like it is remaining dry so we are very excited about the potential of 2020 harvest – one good thing to celebrate anyway!

Celebrating English Wine Week with ‘A Glimpse Behind the Scenes’

English Wine Week kicks off on Saturday 20th June and to celebrate, we would like to share with you ‘A Glimpse Behind The Scenes’ at Ridgeview

‘A Glimpse Behind the Scenes’

Join our CEO Tamara, Head Winemaker Simon and Vineyard Manager Matt as they offer you a behind the scenes journey from grape to glass …

With every online wine purchase, from now and throughout English Wine Week, receive access to a new 10-minute video giving you insight into the craft of producing award-winning sparkling wines.

Simply place your order as usual and receive a link and digital code in your confirmation email.

ENGLISH WINE WEEK DIGITAL EVENTS

We are collaborating with some wonderful partners to host a variety of digital tastings and events across English Wine Week.  For full information, follow the links below.

Wine & Spirit Educational Trust WSET Seminar with Brandon Barnham on Monday 22nd June 6 pm

Club Enologique columnist,  Joe Fattorini interviewing IWSC President Tamara Roberts on Instagram Live on Tuesday 23rd June 6.30 pm

Wine Society Instagram Live with Mardi Roberts on Wednesday 24th June 5.30 pm

Brighton Chamber of Commerce Virtual Tour & Tasting with CEO Tamara Roberts on Thursday 25th June 3.30 pm

We will also be collaborating with the International Wine & Spirit Competition, of which Tamara Roberts is the 2020 President, with a prize giveaway. See here for details of how you could win a case of our current release sparkling wines.

DELIVERY INFORMATION & OPENING TIMES

We continue to offer complimentary next day delivery on all orders placed before 11 am and are donating £2 for every bottle purchased to the charity Hospitality in Action.

From Thursday 18th June, Ridgeview’s onsite shop will be open every Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 11am – 4pm. The shop is open for drop-in sales of wines & gift sets or collection of pre-ordered items only. In line with current government guidelines, our vineyard and winery remain closed to visitors and for the time being and we are not currently offering tours or tastings.

Whether toasting the sunshine or finally being able to see a loved one, English Wine Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate, buy local and take time to appreciate the hand-crafted expertise that goes into making Ridgeview English sparkling wine.

RIDGEFEST UPDATE

Thank you for your continued support of Ridgeview. We want to give you an update regarding our 3rd Annual RIDGEFEST, due to take place on Saturday 29th August 2020.

Throughout these challenging times, we have been cautiously optimistic about the possibility of hosting our festival and hoped it was something we could all look forward to. We have been closely monitoring the UK Government Covid-19 guidelines and it is now clear to us that we won’t be in a position to host RIDGEFEST this year. With a heavy heart, we must take the difficult decision to reschedule this year’s event.  In making this decision, we have prioritised your health and safety, as well as that of our incredible vendors, artists, staff, and crew.

We can confirm that RIDGEFEST will be back on Saturday 28th August 2021 and we will be making the most of the extra time to bring you a festival that is bigger and better than ever before!

Existing ticket holders need not do anything – we will work behind the scenes to update your tickets over the coming weeks and be in touch. Transferring your ticket will mean that you are guaranteed entry to RIDGEFEST 2021at 2020 prices. Early-bird and general release tickets for 2020 sold out in record time, so there is no need to miss out.

In better news, we are working on plans to welcome you back to Ridgeview very soon. Hopefully, it also won’t be long before you can enjoy our locally sourced picnic hampers by the vines, or a glass of sparkling in the sun in our Ridgeview Wine Garden. As restrictions lift, we will be phasing our reopening in a safe and socially-distant way so if you don’t already receive our newsletters, sign up here to remain up to date on everything going on at the estate.

We really can’t thank you all enough for your continued support and enthusiasm for our amazing RIDGEFEST and we hope to share a glass of fizz in the sunshine with you very soon.

If you have any questions or wish to request a refund, please contact retail@ridgeview.co.uk. Please note: Refund requests will be accepted for the next 4 weeks (before Sunday 12th July 2020).

Stay safe,

The Ridgeview Team

Raising a glass of M&S Marksman for VE Day

During World War Two, Marks and Spencer employees pitched together to raise money for the war effort. They incredibly raised £5K, which was enough to actually purchase a Spitfire aircraft which was named Marksman in honour of the employees efforts.
 
Upon researching a name for Ridgeview 2008 blend, with M&S our founder Mike Roberts MBE, came across this story and was so struck by the sentiment that he named our blend after the Spitfire. Ridgeview Marksman English sparkling was born and exists on the M&S shelves today. This amazing wine has been blended in partnership with the Ridgeview Winemaking team and M&S Winemaker Sue Daniels. It went onto win Gold & Trophy for the Best English Sparkling Wine in the International Wine & Spirit Competition – IWSC 2018
 
On VE day we thought this would be an appropriate time to raise a glass of M&S Marksman in honour of those inspirational M&S employees, the 21-year-old Canadian Pilot Officer John Sills, who was killed in action in the Marksman and giving thanks to those who lived through the Second World War for their determination and sacrifices on our behalf 🥂

Ditchling 75 Cocktail

We have teamed up with our brilliant local distillers Ditchling Gin to create our own cocktail with a local twist on the traditional French 75

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed Blood Orange juice (or any freshly squeezed orange)
  • I tsp Sugar Syrup optional *
  • 50 ml Ditchling Gin
  • 90 ml Ridgeview Cavendish (or top up according to glass & taste)
  • Blood Orange peel garnish

(* make a batch ahead by warming equal parts sugar and water, until all sugar dissolves. Cool and  store until needed)

METHOD:

  • Add fresh Blood Orange juice, gin & optional sugar syrup to cocktail shaker
  • Top with ice & shake!
  • Pour into flute or wine glass
  • Top with Ridgeview Cavendish
  • Add a twist of Blood Orange peel to garnish
  • Take a picture on social tagging @RidgeviewWineUK  & @Ditchlinggin #Ditchling75

 

ENJOY!

Purchase your bottle of Ridgeview Cavendish NV &  Ditchling Gin for the offer price of £60 here with free next day delivery. Cheers!

What to listen to in lockdown

Tune into the podcast revolution and discover the plethora of fantastic wine and food shows available, with everything from industry news to talk shows and comedy, there’s something for everyone (there’s even a Wine & Crime podcast that just missed out on making our Top 10).

Whether you need something to listen to on your daily walk or are looking for a fun way to learn something new. Here are our top food and wine podcasts

A Glass With ….  hosted by Olly Smith and produced by Richard Hemming MW, features a different celebrity guest each show. Pour yourself a glass of something delicious and join Olly as he cracks open a bottle of his guests’ favourite wine and settles in for a chat!

Interpreting Wine explores the latest trends and news within the wine industry. Enjoy interviews with growers, importers, merchants, restaurants, MW’s and more.

Rock’n Vino is perfect if you love wine, music and food. Talking wine with rock stars and music with vintners – as well as giving backstage access to some of the best wine festivals in the US.

Table Manners with Jessie Ware sees Jessie and mum Lennie gather around the dining room table for a good old natter; think food, family and feel good conversations.

Wine Blast is a laugh-out loud podcast from married Masters of Wine, Susie and Peter. With interviews, listener questions and wine chat they bring wine to life

Humans of Hospitality is all about the wonderful people of hospitality. Enjoy interviews with everyone from brewers and chefs to winemakers and farmers. Don’t forget too, that we’re currently supporting Hospitality Action with £2 from every bottle sold going directly to support hospitality workers in crisis.

Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster takes you to a magical fantasy restaurant. Ed and James invite some special guests to choose their favourite dishes as they enjoy a dream meal in their imaginary restaurant.

Thirty-fifty is hosted by Chris Scott, who was one of the earliest adopters of podcasts and has a brilliant library of all things wine including running a very successful Wine School. Dip into the archives and you will find a very early podcast with our founder Mike Roberts.

Butlers Wine Show Join the lovely Henry & Cassie from Brighton’s very own Butlers Wine Cellars. A fun, informative look into region and styles of wine in a relaxed and approachable style with a whole lot of passion. Episode 7 is a deep dive of Ridgeview with our Sales Director Tom Surgey.

Lastly a few podcasts with episodes featuring RIDGEVIEW: Wine Enthusiast with Anne Krebiehl MW, interviewing Tamara & Mardi, On the back bar with Christopher Menning chatting to Tom Surgey, It starts with you with Sam Adams talking to Tamara with a focus on the business and her motivations & Guy Heywood from the English Wine collection series on British Business.

Best enjoyed listening with a glass of wine in hand (not advised though whilst jogging!).

Don’t forget with next day delivery Ridgeview is only a day away with £2 for every bottle until the end of May donated to Hospitality Action

What to watch in lockdown

With extra time on our hands, why not enjoy our Top 10 Wine films and series’  to entertain you and keep the learning journey going

Bottle Shock – Available to stream on Amazon Prime

We love Alan Rickman as Steven Spurrier in this sun-soaked, nostalgic jaunt through 1970’s California. Based on the true story of the 1976 “Judgement of Paris” tasting, this film is one that you needn’t be an oenophile to enjoy, watch with the whole family.

The Somm Trilogy – Available to stream on Amazon Prime

The first in the trilogy of Somm documentaries follows four sommeliers as they battle to gain the prestigious Master Sommelier qualification, including the highs and lows in the lead up to the final exam.  Somm: Into the Bottle is both wonderful and frustrating for the wine lovers amongst us, watch as some of the most storied and prestigious wines are opened and enjoyed on screen – but you’ll never get to taste them, many are the last of their kind.  Finally, Somm 3 gives us a glimpse into the stories behind the wine; the people, the places and the feelings. This time the real Steven Spurrier, wine writer Jancis Robinson and master sommelier Fred Dame gather for a tasting, taking their inspiration from the “Judgement of Paris”. Also look out for the lovely Madeline Puck from Wine Folly, who visited Ridgeview last year.

Uncorked – Available to stream on Netflix

The newest release of our selection, premiering on Netflix in March, Uncorked focuses on one man’s journey into wine. This film aims to expose wine to the next generation of wine drinkers in an entirely unstuffy way. Not just a wine film, there’s love, loss and plenty of drama here too. Watch out for a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo from Dlynn Proctor (of Somm fame) – he also served as wine expert and Associate Producer.

A Good Year – Available to stream on Amazon Prime

This Provence-based rom-com centers around workaholic London trader Max, played by Russell Crowe, and his efforts to sell a small chateau and vineyard that he inherited from his late uncle. Pour yourself a large glass of Rose and pretend you’re in the South of France as this film shows us that life is meant to be savoured.

Wine Calling – Available to stream on Amazon Prime

With over 30,000 wine producers in France, and fewer than 3% of them employing organic or natural wine production methods, this documentary sets out to shine a light on the rise of natural wine and the passion of the producers behind the movement in Occitanie, in South-West France.

Sideways – Available to stream on Amazon Prime

For its unforgettable use of the spitoon and love for all things Pinot ‘Its flavours .. they’re just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and ancient on the planet’ is how Miles describes Pinot Noir.

A Walk in the Clouds – Available to stream on Amazon Prime

Yes, it has Keanu Reeves in it – but that’s not the only reason to watch this one. Our highlight is the beautiful scene showing how candles are lit during frost watch – something that is very familiar to us!

The Wine Show – Available to stream on Amazon Prime

This fantastic series is now in its 3rd season. Travel the globe with brilliant hosts including the fabulous Jo Fattorini, as they offer a fresh, fun, approachable journey into the magic of wine.

Chateau Chunder

Unfortunatley, this is very hard to find (please let us know if you can!). This program that aired on the BBC in 2012 was a fascinating and humorous (in the title) journey on how Australian wine made its impact on the UK market. Mike Roberts always told us that he remembered when there was only one Wine Shop in the UK selling Australian Wine in the 70’s, and this programme explored how Australian Winemakers shook up the UK wine market.

The Craftsmen’s Journey with Michel Roux Jr – Available on YouTube

A chance to catch up on when Michel Roux Jr visited Ridgeview as part of his Craftmen’s Journey throughout the UK in partnership with The Balvenie. Our Winemaker Simon Roberts had a fantastic time with Michel, culminating with Michel creating a wonderful meal for all the craftspeople involved at the Balvenie Estate in Scotland, where he included Ridgeview grapes in the dessert.

Of course, don’t forget to have a glass of wine in hand during your watching, preferably sparkling! Ridgeview is now available with complimentary next day delivery UK wide with £2 per bottle donated to Hospitality Action

What to read in lockdown

Einstein might very well have been talking about wine when he said, “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.”! But armed with a few of these books you’ll know enough to sip confidently and impress your friends at your next dinner party… when we can finally entertain again.

DISCOVER & LEARN MORE ABOUT WINE IN LOCKDOWN WITH SOME OF  OUR FAVOURITE WINE BOOKS

The World Atlas of Wine (8th Edition)

A complete classic that no wine lover should be without. Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinsons’ work is not only packed full of some of the finest wine cartography and stunning photography, but this is also an essential reference tome that you’ll find yourself returning to time-and-again.

Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine

Including everything from region maps and wine style information to how to store, serve and pair your wines – this unstuffy guide is the perfect introduction for those new to wine. Full of easy to understand and fun infographics, making it as approachable as it is informative.

101 Champagnes and Other Sparkling Wines to Try Before You Die

If you’re partial to a glass or two of fizz, this brilliant book by the amazing Davy Zyw is lots of fun with incredible recommendations of the best sparkling wines from around the globe.

Drink more Fizz!

A gorgeous celebration of everything sparkling by Brighton local Jonathon Ray as he takes you through 100 of the world’s greatest Champagnes and sparkling wines to drink with abandon.

A Celebration of English Wine

Liz Sagues provides a fantastic introduction to English Wine, from the winemaking Romans through to current day producers. Not just a reference guide, this book gives fascinating glimpses into the stories behind the wines, taking readers on a tour of this country’s most significant producers.

Wines of Great Britain 

Written by Stephen Skelton MW, the leading expert on English Wine. Stephen covers in great detail the history of the exciting growth in our industry with unparalleled insider knowledge. Stephen focuses on the last 21 years with incredible detail making this indispensable to English wine enthusiasts.

The Essential Guide to English Wine

A pocket-size guide from the wonderfully enthusiastic husband and wife MW’s Susie & Peter. This covers all the key topics, from climate change to wine tourism, with profiles on all the top producers.

Christie’s Encyclopaedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine  

The fourth edition of this beautiful compendium by Tom Stevenson and Essi Avellan is absolutely packed with info on production methods, history and the wines of over 2,000 sparkling wine producers from Champagne to China.

Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Guide 2020

Now it is 43rd year and always an invaluable pocket tool for the best wines on the market. A global wine legend, that we are pleased to call a friend of Ridgeview, Hugh provides the essential reference book for anyone that enjoys buying and drinking wine.

Le Nez du Vin

Okay, so we’re cheating here; although this stunning set does include a guidebook and reference cards, the main attraction is a set of 54 aromas, from apple and acacia to vanilla and violet. A wonderful wine tasting aroma kit, this is the perfect companion to enhance your knowledge and help you discern some of the most common wine aromas. We also find it makes for a bit of a talking point with your fellow wine-loving friends.

Happy reading, don’t forget, all are best enjoyed with a glass of wine in hand!

If you would like to make that sparkling, a reminder that Ridgeview is only a day away with free next day delivery!

What to eat in lockdown

As we all adjust to a new way of living, socialising and shopping, our favourite producers, restaurants and food businesses are thinking up wonderful ways to bring their products and services into our homes.

From producer maps, apps and food deliveries to digital cookalongs, here is a round-up of some our favourite local foodie initiatives

Sussex Food & Drink Safe Shopping Map

The team behind the Sussex Food & Drink Awards have created a wonderful map to help you find some of the finest locally-produced items available for home delivery and producers offering “safe-shopping”. Including the brilliant Brighton Express Meats‘ that offer fabulous meat or fruit & veg packs delivered next day in the Brighton & surrounding area.

Humble Kitchen

Offering their signature classics for collection or delivered directly to your door. But what we’re really excited about is that their gorgeous Sunday lunches can now be enjoyed at home! Honestly, the truffled cauliflower cheese is the stuff of dreams.

Cairovan at The Bull, Ditchling 

If you’re local to Ditchling, don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy Monem’s famous Haloumi fries and a gorgeous Ditchling Lamb flatbread wrap available every Thursday-Saturday evening (you can even pick up a bottle of Ridgeview to wash it down with!). The Bull is offering delivery and collection, but we recommend getting your order in early to avoid disappointment.

Jeremy’s Fine Dining at Home

Available from Wednesday through Sunday, Jeremy’s are offering a gorgeous 3-course fine dining menu for collection from their Borde Hill restaurant. Menus change weekly and there are even options for the little ones.

Butlers Wine Cellars

When you need something other than sparkling wine to satisfy your needs, our wonderful friends at Butlers Wines are working very hard to keep the community in supply of their fabulous range of local wines and others from the across the world.

Piglets Pantry

Local suppliers of brilliant pastries, normally found at Brighton & Hove Albion games, offering fantastic packages to your door including gorgeous scotch eggs and even afternoon tea!

The Red Lion and Sun

Voted best pub in the country 2018, this wonderful London pub in Highgate has quickly adapted their offerings into a brilliant take away menu including a great wine list with Ridgeview featured. Also one of the funniest lock-down Instagram accounts we follow: @theredlionandsun.

LOCAL

If you aren’t  Sussex based, check out LOCAL to see which of your favourite local gastropubs and restaurants are offering their delicious food, beer and wine to takeaway.

Or why not check out some of our favourite chefs and food accounts on Instagram, offering cookalongs, tutorials, tips, Q&As and more…

@_jasonatherton – We’re loving Jason’s Social Kitchen Isolation, serving up a selection of his restaurant favourites alongside classic home cooking.

@pastagrannies – This wholesome account does exactly what it says on the tin. Italian Nonnas making authentic Italian pasta.

@ravneeteats – Follow the fabulous pastry chef Ravneet for cookie cookalongs and other sweet treats.

@thechillipickle – Local Indian food specialists Alun and Dawn are cooking up a storm direct from their home kitchen.

We hope that these help to get you through however, the best support is going to be when all the wonderful restaurants and shops open up their doors again and we make our way back in!

And don’t forget when in need of a little sparkle we now offer complimentary next day delivery at Ridgeview on all orders, no minimum quantity with £2 for every bottle until the end of May going to the brilliant Hospitality Action!