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All Hail English Wine Week

Monday, May 9th, 2016

With our POS en route we are once more looking eagerly towards English Wine Week (28th May – 5th June). The bunting will go up, stickers stuck, neck tags tagged and maps mapped.


I remember a few years ago when I was invited to judge at the South West Vineyards Association Awards and was amazed at the selection of reds, whites and rosés on offer, not to mention the table groaning under the weight of the bottles of sparkling. The one wine that stuck out for me particularly was a white, full of fresh honeysuckle blossom aromas and a full bodied palate of peaches and fresh limes. This wine went on to win the gold medal at the Sommelier Wine Awards and ‘Best Wine by the Glass’ Trophy. What was the wine ? Sharpham Dart Valley Reserve. (A blend of   Madeleine Angevine, Chardonnay, Bacchus.) Under £13 a bottle this makes the perfect weekend white wine to have by a riverbank while dipping your toes in the water and trying to pretend that summer is on its way.


The Dry Estate Selection from Sharpham also received a Highly Commended at the SWVA competition and makes an ideal aperitif and accompaniment to fish. This fine dry style exhibits the best qualities of English wine. Characterized by its pale lemon colour and long refreshing finish it is an elegant wine. The taste of fresh fruits gives a youthful fresh sensation with good balance and length.


The wines from Lyme Bay are also pulling in the medals. Lyme Bay Winery and its three vineyards are situated in Devon’s beautiful Axe Valley. A maritime region, it enjoys a temperate climate and a long, warm growing season, affording the grapes exceptional depth and expression of character.

Shoreline (Seyval Blanc, Bacchus, Pinot Noir) winning a Silver Medal, Decanter Wine Awards, May 2015 and Sommelier Wine Awards – Gold Medal – April 2016. Shoreline is a wine for seafood, deliciously fresh and crisp with subtle notes of citrus fruits on the palate.

Bacchus  Bronze Medal, Decanter Wine Awards, May 2015. A fruit-driven wine for all occasions. Crisp citrus and elderflower on the palate with a long length.

Bacchus Fumé - A complex wine; grapefruit, lemon and subtle oak with fantastic length. We were very impressed with this elegant wine, perfect for smoked fish and barbecue summer dishes. Beautiful aromas and full-bodied with an amazing finish.

Pinot Noir Rosé  Sommeliers wine awards – bronze medal – April 2016
This is a 100% Pinot Noir with a gentle strawberry and cream bouquet with a rosehip undertone on the palate. Delicious summer drinking rosé. (2014 10.5% abv)

Lyme Bay Sparkling 2013 This is a 100% Seyval Blanc sparkling wine from Lyme Bay. A fruit driven sparkling wine with lemon citrus notes and a gentle, persistent mousse. Quite delicious and perfect for drinking in the summer sunshine.

Lastly we’d like to mention Sidbury Sparkling Rosé    Winner of a Bronze medal at the 2015 United Kingdom Vineyards Association Awards. A delicate and refreshing medium dry rose wine with light strawberry nose and beautiful pinky hue. Made from a blend of our Rondo and Seyval Blanc varieties.

Wines are made purely from grapes from Sidbury Vineyard. With only a relatively small plot to manage the quality of grapes can more readily be guaranteed and during harvest only those bunches meeting certain criteria are selected and picked. With our wines conforming to a Protected Geographical Indicator status this helps to further assure the quality.




Will there be special offers on these wines you might ask ? Prices on Lyme Bay (Shoreline, Bacchus and Rosé) have already dropped and there will be further offers during English Wine Week.

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New: Mussel Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand

Monday, April 25th, 2016

NEW to Christopher Piper Wines

Winemaker’s Tasting Notemussel2

This 2015 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc shows lifted tropical notes of guava and stone fruit. The palate is crisp, fruity and fresh and finishes with a lively, citrus acidity. abv 13%

From selected vineyards in the Awatere and Wairau valleys.

In 2015, our Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc grapes were the best yet. Ripening steadily in warm days and cool nights, flavours gradually intensified throughout the long summer and autumn months. Harvesting conditions proved to be ideal and even meant that we were ahead of schedule!

Twelve parcels of Sauvignon Blanc were selected for this wine from vineyards across the Wairau valley and the Awatere Valley.

The parcels were harvested and fermented separately, using selected yeast strains for Sauvignon Blanc to enhance varietal character. A long, cool fermentation took place over four weeks, with the parcels then being blended and stabilised,prior to bottling.

Available online or in our shop (Ottery St Mary, EX11 1DB)

Find it online here : £10.26 per bottle 

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Il Medaglione Primitivo 2011, Leone de Castris, Salento, Italy

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Our latest new arrival. Quite an amusing video, useful too, especially if you’ve got goats in your kitchen…


Find Il Medaglione here:

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Nuits St Georges Les Charmottes, Domaine Chicotot

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Find Nuits St Georges Les Charmottes from Domaine Chicotot here

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The CPW Team of Women Winemakers from around the World

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013


In 2012 Kathy Jordan announced the launch of the Jordan Wine Estate, Women in Wine Initiative with the creation of a programme to sponsor and mentor women in the Wine Industry, both in the UK and in South Africa.”“When I first started making wine in 1993 at Jordan, there were only a handful of women winemakers in this male-dominated industry.  But things have changed rapidly in the past 20 years.  According to recent stats from the University of Stellenbosch Enology Dept, over the past 5 years there has been an equal intake of men to women with some years even more women applicants. This is very encouraging.”

Producing a web page entirely focused on women winemakers took rather longer than expected due to the large number that was revealed by looking in more depth into the origins of the CPW range of wines. These winemakers have a huge wealth of experience and between them produce a consistent and complex number of whites and reds.  Several, at least, have been crowned Winemaker of the Year in their specific country and here are a few quotes from ‘renowned’ wine critics.

Robert Parker:

“Mas Carlot continues to produce superb wines at moderate prices to which consumers should look given the overall increase in prices.”

“What ever the Next Big Thing turns out to be, Louisa Rose will probably be the one who makes it.” Max Allen, The Weekend Australian magazine

Robert Parker “Château d’Oupia has produced the ideal bistro wine. Dark, ruby-colored, the wine is wonderfully clean and pure, with an exuberant personality, and gobs of rich, peppery, red and black fruit…”.

To mention but a few…
Women Winemakers and their wines

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