Yet another fantastic May Day and bank holiday weekend in Padstow! A great atmosphere as a constant stream of merrymakers filled our shop and terrace and the fizz flowed steadily with the local sparkling wine, Knightor Brut NV, taking centre stage. This weekend showed an ever-growing curiosity for English wine making and was an impromptu preamble to English Wine Week which is fast approaching (23rd-31st May - save the date).
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Fizz, Lobster, English Wine Week
Strand House the Drang, 3 S Quay, Padstow
For those of you who are yet to sample the Knightor Brut NV it’s a light and elegant sparkler made to the traditional champagne method (and for those who like the details it’s a stylish blend of Seyval Blanc, Reichensteiner, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc) The grapes are carefully hand-harvested and gently whole-bunch pressed before being fermented in small batches. Once blended the wine is left on its lees (yeast residue) for just 9 months before disgorging and bottling. Knightor’s attention to detail has certainly paid off resulting in a fabulous flavoursome fizz. Perfectly balanced, it is fresh and crisp with a great depth of apple fruit flavour and a vibrant mousse. For me it’s a wine that reflects the grapes’ coastal origins of Portscatho and Looe pairing nicely with Shellfish or enjoyed as an aperitif. We can pay it no higher compliment than choosing it as one of the wines we serve by the glass on our terrace where it’s proven to be a crowd pleaser.
I couldn’t write about local sparkling wine without mention of the award-winning Camel Valley Pinot Noir Brut Rosé 2012. The salmon-pink bubbles win-over the hearts of all those who try it. This wine is simply delicious, bursting with cherry blossom, wild strawberries and raspberries on the nose and palate. It is delicate yet richly fruity and structured with a beautifully fresh finish. A fine example of great craftsmanship, it’s no wonder that this sparkling rosé was awarded the gold medal at the 2014 International Wine Challenge and consistently wins competitions year on year. Hats off to the Lindo family and their team! We’ll be adding this little beauty to our terrace menu during English Wine Week so if you haven’t tried it yet you know where to come. You might even discover that it goes rather well with our new Maine Lobster Rolls!
Fizz and lobster…this job’s hellishly tough you know!