THE PIG Wine Tastings
Join THE PIG Sommelier team for an online tasting with our carefully selected partners
Wine brings people together – it is the perfect blend!
We believe that wine and food are all about sharing good times with family and friends, cracking open a bottle and settling into an evening together; wine is very much at the heart of THE PIG experience.
Throughout the coming months we are partnering with our suppliers to bring you some very special evenings packed full of delicious tipples and home-grown nibbles all from the comfort of your own home! Our carefully curated Zoom wine tastings include having your case sent straight to your door, exclusive access to the live and interactive tasting, digital tasting notes and digital recipes for food pairings.
Our next tasting...
THE PIG Sommeliers & The Wine Garden of England, Kent
The UK is one of the most exciting, intriguing and upcoming wine regions in the world, and at THE PIG we have long championed English Sparkling wine as the preferred pour in our restaurants, inviting our guests to try a wine made just around the corner!
The Wine Garden of England is made up of seven top wine producers in the UK and more specifically, Kent. These people are some of the pioneers of the industry - excelling the home-grown category in both quality and quantity.
We are thrilled to be offering you the chance to try these wines with us. THE PIG Sommeliers have hand-selected a case of six wines - still and sparkling, white and red.
This limited, rare case will give you the opportunity to discover a range of styles and showcase the diversity, Kent alone, has to offer and is not available to buy anywhere else!!
Growing grapes in the UK is notoriously difficult - we all know what a British summer looks like… but, it is on the very margins of grape growing where we tend to find some of the most exceptional wines. Over the past 5 years, we have been gobsmacked by the quality of still wines - they could pass through customs disguised in a Burgundy bottle and go unnoticed.
Try them at home...
THE PIG Sommeliers will be hosting the evening and during our live tasting and tour around the Wine Garden of England with each producer, we will be diving into the story behind the winery, tasting through the wines with the producers giving us inside information on each wine and our chef director, James Golding entertaining us with a live cook-along.
When? Thursday 25th February, 7pm-8.15pm
How much? £120 (RRP £180) - Case of 6 wines, exclusive access to the live and interactive tasting, tasting notes and a couple of recipes for nibbles you can make at home to accompany your wines (courier cost free of charge).
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What are we drinking?
We have scribbled a tasting note for each wine to give you an idea of what we found in the glass and what you can expect from the case.
Gusbourne Rosé, Sparkling
This delicious Rosé Brut produced in Appledore in Kent is well renowned and is a beautiful expression of Britishness – aromas of strawberries, cream and baked apple are met with a generous palate, which is rich and textured with delicate bubbles. The blend is led by Pinot Noir and supported by Chardonnay and a little Pinot Meunier, the classic Champagne varieties.
Winner of a Silver in Decanter and Gold in the Global Rosé Masters.
Squerryes Vintage Brut, Sparkling
Squerryes age their Vintage Reserve wines on the lees for a lengthy 33 months before disgorgement, giving this wine an opulent mouthfeel, which is supported by real intensity of fruit in the form of baked orchard fruits. There are notes of brioche and patisserie giving complexity and concentration which is balanced with very bright acidity.
Platinum medal winner at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards
Simpsons, Derringstone, Pinot Meunier, Still
This still, Blanc de Noirs expression of Pinot Meunier is truly unique! Black Meunier fruit, famed for its contribution in Champagne, has been carefully vinified as a white wine. The wine feels pure and nuanced. Delicate pear leads to a finish of red apple skin and poached winter berries. The sumptuous, creamy mouth-feel is a testament to the winemaking.
Previous vintage - winner of Gold at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2020
Hush Heath, 'The Suitcase', Pinot Noir, Still
Named ‘The Suitcase’ as a reference to the Burgundy Pinot Noir clones that this wine is produced using, allegedly smuggled in luggage to the USA from France. This is a real treat as this wine is of very limited availability, being part of Hush Heath’s “Winemaker Collection”. It alludes to its Burgundian forefathers but is undeniably British with soft red fruits and plums backed by a hedgerow herbaceousness and subtle vanilla from oak ageing.
The Times 'Best Bottles of Pinot Noir to buy this Winter'
Biddenden, Bacchus, Still
Hailing from what is undoubtedly the finest and most celebrated English vintage, Biddenden's Still Bacchus 2018 is certainly true to its roots! This wine amplifies aromas of the green Kent countryside, delivering fragrant and grassy hedgerow character. Elderflower is bolstered by gooseberry and refreshingly tart green apple. There’s also tropical fruit here! Whilst 2018 was a hot year, Bacchus retains plenty of natural acidity! This wine is a must for those seeking to diversify from Sauvignon Blanc!
Chapel Down, Kits Coty, Chardonnay, Still
hapel Down’s Kits Coty is unquestionably one of the finest still wines England has ever produced. This single-vineyard expression of Chardonnay is truly elegant. Beautifully integrated old French oak provides a buttery, toasty finish. Whist the fruit profile is distinctly English, this wine easily measures up to great white Burgundy!
Gold Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2020
Gold Medal at the International Wine Competition 2020
Best Single Varietal White & Top Still Wine at the Wine GB Awards 2020