English wine producer Kingscote Estate has released its first sparkling wine, Cuvée Christen, in tribute to its recently deceased founder.
"Kingscote’s first estate sparkling wine has been produced using a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Blanc grapes. This youthful, fresh and distinctive wine pays tribute to our inspirational founder Christen Monge and is named Cuvée Christen in his memory,” says Owen Elias, Kingscote executive winemaker. "Even the design of the label is a tribute. The crown on the label is a nod to Christen’s father’s former antique shop, which used to display a crown symbol."
Kingscote Cuvée Christen sparkling 12%ABV brut wine is available now and can be purchased online at www.kingscoteestate.com or at Kingscote Estate’s shop priced at £25.99.
Kingscote Estate founder Christen Monge, who died in May 2015, was a former ad man and the creative brain behind the launch of Fosters in the UK and the iconic Guinness adverts. Christen wanted to bring his brand experience to English wine and build a sparkling wine premium brand as part of a tourism destination.
The 150-acre Kingscote Estate is an English wine producer and a venue for events and parties. With vineyards, apple orchards and a winery, it produces Kingscote wines and cyder. The shop sells Kingscote products, as well as a wide range of English and Sussex sparkling wines. Vineyard tours with lunch or afternoon tea, clay pigeon shooting and fishing are just some of the activities on offer.
The stunning 15th century Tithe Barn located in the Kingscote Valley, near East Grinstead, hosts the Kingscote cookery school and is also available for hire.
1 August 2016 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor