Ridgeview were delighted to welcome the Duchess of Cornwall for a tour of their Estate, whilst on her Royal visit to the county of East Sussex, especially to celebrate their recent success of being crowned ‘Best International Winemaker’ in the International Wine and Spirit Competition.
Ridgeview, established by the Roberts family, are known as leaders in the English sparking wine industry and were recently crowned ‘Best International Winemaker’ at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.
With more gold and platinum medals won in the last 10 years than any other gin is a clear indicator that Martin Miller’s modern gin movement at the four most respected competitions; The World Spirits Awards, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, ISC and IWSC.
From the winners of the coveted Winemaker of the Year title in 2018’s International Wine & Spirit Competition comes a beautifully balanced but vibrant blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier.
There are lots of great rums on the market and I’ve covered many of them over the years here at Forbes. But in my new quest for simplicity, I’ll distill the process of shopping for rum into just three words: Flor De Cana. In 2017 they were named Global Rum Producer of the Year by the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London, one of the most prestigious such groups with more than 400 judges from around the world.
One of the US’s most popular consumer sites, Wine Folly, has merged with the Global Wine Database (GWDB) and unveiled plans to make big data about wine accessible to the industry. Wine Folly has been recognised by the International Wine and Spirit Competition twice, with Puckette winning IWSC Wine Blogger of the Year in 2013 and being named as this year’s IWSC Wine Communicator of the Year, revealed last month.
Increased demand for the aromatic drink has meant that some longer-distance deliveries across East and West Sussex have to be made by van now. Stockists include selected southern branches of Waitrose, Harvey Nichols, Majestic Wines, Fortnum & Mason and Marks & Spencer, a level of success that recognises the spirit’s award-winning credentials. In 2018 accolades included silver at the International Wine & Spirit Competition.
In a major boost for producers, the Ridgeview estate in Sussex was last November named the world’s best winemaker in the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018. This was the first time in the competition’s 49-year history that the award has been presented to an English producer.
Smooth and balanced with a soft mouthfeel and zesty bouquet, Espolon blanco tequila is a multi-award winner -- it took home medals at both the San Francisco World Spirits Awards and the International Wine & Spirits Competition in 2016.
The first in the series was a 45-year-old Ben Nevis 1972 Single Malt (70cl; 43.2% ABV; £650 RRP), Cù-Sìth. It won gold medals at the 2018 International Wine and Spirits Competition in the Highland Single Malt 30-45 Year Old category.
The Ben Nevis 1972 Single Malt (70cl; 43.2% ABV; £650 RRP): Cù-Sìth picked up gold medals at the 2018 International Wine and Spirits Competition and features a design inspired by the Cù-Sìth, a terrifying large hound, with a murderous bark, said to stalk the Highlands of Scotland.