Regarded as an exemplar in the UK’s burgeoning sparkling wine movement, Wiston Estate has wooed many non-believers in the English Method. A tiny 16-acre vineyard is close-planted to the three classic Champagne grape varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. The vines thrive on prime chalky soils reminiscent of the Côte des Blancs and élevage takes place in Burgundian French Oak barrels. But the Champagne comparison ends there. The Wiston Estate South Downs Cuvee Brut is decidedly distinct and brilliantly British. Described as having that kind of “crackling, bright acid and chalk driven style” the tension and focus is 100% not French. After hearing so much buzz about English sparkling wines in the last few years this beautiful bottle in stately blue will be the push to try it for yourself. Who says a proper cup of tea is the authentic representation of what England can offer?