Visitors tour the vineyard in Kent, England, of sparkling wine producer Gusbourne. The best English bubbly is a match for champagne in quality and texture, but with a crisper taste, an expert says. (Gusbourne via AP)
Visitors tour the vineyard in Kent, England, of sparkling wine producer Gusbourne. The best English bubbly is a match for champagne in quality and texture, but with a crisper taste, an expert says. (Gusbourne via AP)

Is English sparkling wine as good as champagne? At its best it has the same quality and texture, but with added steel and a citrus feel, insiders say

  • English sparkling wine producers use the same three grapes – pinot noir, chardonnay and meunier – as in the Champagne region, and the same production method
  • ‘Really excellent wines’ are now coming from the top English producers, one grower says, and some champagne houses are now investing in English vineyards

Topic |   Wine and Spirits
Visitors tour the vineyard in Kent, England, of sparkling wine producer Gusbourne. The best English bubbly is a match for champagne in quality and texture, but with a crisper taste, an expert says. (Gusbourne via AP)
Visitors tour the vineyard in Kent, England, of sparkling wine producer Gusbourne. The best English bubbly is a match for champagne in quality and texture, but with a crisper taste, an expert says. (Gusbourne via AP)
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