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RidgeView fizz gets royal approval

Published:  23 July, 2008

RidgeView, the award-winning sparkling wine from near the English south coast, was the toast at a celebration yesterday (15 June) at London's Mansion House to mark the Queen's 80th birthday and the culmination of the BBC's Great British Menu series.

RidgeView's Merret Grosvenor, which is made from Chardonnay grapes grown on the chalky soils of the South Downs just north of Brighton, was blind tasted by a panel that included Charles Metcalfe, Derek Smedley MW and Keith Gerrard, recently retired from Chteau Lascombes.

The BBC series involved 14 of Britain's best chefs competing for the honour of producing the menu for this occasion. RidgeView, which is also the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Best Sparkling Wine, produces 50,000 bottles a year from the classic Champagne grape varieties.

RidgeView's owner and winemaker, Mike Roberts, contends that his Merret is truly coming back to the City', where in the 16th century Christopher Merret was said to be the first to record the process used to make the world's best sparkling wines.

How absolutely wonderful for it to

be served to celebrate Her Majesty's 80th birthday,' said Roberts.

RidgeView is available from Waitrose,

The Wine Society, Jereboams, Sunday Times Wine Club and other speciality retailers around the country.