Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in style

Anyone travelling to central London hotels for the Diamond Jubilee next month could also enjoy some English bubbly.

A number of English-based wine producers are using the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee to highlight their range of special sparkling wines – ideal for toasting Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne, reports Reuters.

Despite accounting for less than one per cent of the wine market in the UK, English wines are starting to attract the attention of the industry, with some producers now claiming the home-grown stuff is on a par with French offerings.

In some cases, blind taste testing has even had the English-produced drinks scoring higher than French brands. Many experts believe that the changing climate in the south east of the UK has led to high temperatures which help to produce finer grape yields.

"It has become a proper business with skilled professionals growing vines and making wines," said wine critic Jancis Robinson.

Andrew Shaw, wine-buying manager at supermarket Waitrose, explained that the English industry needs to make use of the special events happening this year to ensure that the sector continues to develop.

"It does depend on how consumers engage with English wine this summer over the Jubilee and the Olympics," he added.

London-based wine merchant Bibendum recently confirmed that an English rose will feature on its recommended wine list for Prestige Ticketing – the official provider of business hospitality at the Olympic Games.

According to industry magazine Decanter, Bibendum will also be selling the official Olympic wines. These will include a red, a white and a rose. The wines will be sold to the public and in special plastic bottles so that they can be sold inside the main Olympic venues as glass bottles are banned for safety reasons.

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