Thomas Ridley adds new English wines to menu

Wholesale food company Thomas Ridley Foodservice has recently added two wines from family-owned vineyard Giffords Hall to its offering.

The addition of the new wines is to fall in line with English Wine Week which runs from 26 May to 3 June. The national campaign is designed to raise awareness of English wine across the country.

Giffords is planted on the site of an ancient glacial riverbed near Long Melford in Suffolk. The sandy/clay soil produces quality grapes, high in natural sugars and acids, that lend themselves particularly well to both sparkling and dry, aromatic still wines. These wines have a delicate floral character very typical of the region. Each Vintage is carefully produced in small batch tanks and barrels only.

The two new wines are Giffords Hall Gainsborough Dry White Wine, which has a gentle scent of honey on the nose plus toasty and caramel notes. The second addition is Giffords Hall Brut Reserve NV English Sparkling Wine which is a Pinot Noir-based sparkling beverage blended from barrel aged reserves with a mellow and soft fruit character redolent of red apples and subtle spices.

Both are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Shane Fazackerley, category manager of wines, beers, cider and spirits at Thomas Ridley Foodservice, said: “Pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels should ensure that they have a good selection of English wines available over this week in May/June.

“Creating some promotional materials for your business is a great way to really encourage customers to try these wines; offer tastings, special food pairings or promote them by adding unique menu cards on each table to describe the heritage of the winery and the tasting notes of the wines.”

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