The Dorset Seafood Festival is returning to Weymouth Peninsula on the 10 – 11 September for its 15th year.
Silver sponsors, Miraval rosé wine and Hall & Woodhouse will provide Provencal rosé wine and Badger Beers respectively, perfect for sipping in the September sunshine. Alongside the Silver sponsors, the team at SEAFEAST are excited to partner with Dorset producers to bring a ‘Sparkling Dorset’ bar. This bar will feature English sparkling wine from exceptional Dorset producers including Bride Valley, Furleigh Estate and Langham.
Laura Avant, Festival Director commented: “We are incredibly proud of our Dorset roots here at SEAFEAST so it made sense to bring a Dorset English wine bar to this year’s festival. English sparkling wine and seafood are a match made in heaven – and we have some incredible Dorset producers. We look forward to showcasing ‘Sparkling Dorset’ in September.”
The wines available from the Dorset bar will be:
- Dorset Cremant
The Dorset Crémant remains England’s only home-produced Crémant. With a less aggressive fizz than traditional sparkling wine it slides across the palate with a gentle creaminess, hence the name. Perfect with seafood, it boasts a delicious palate of ripe, apple and sherbet lemon fruit with a sumptuous creamy texture and fresh, citrus acidity. This is a ‘wine that sparkles’ rather than a sparkling wine.
- Classic Cuvee
A classic dry sparkling wine with a refined elegance. The colour is pale lemon straw with a steady stream of minute bubbles. Perfect for celebrations, served well-chilled as an aperitif alongside canapés such as smoked salmon blinis, angels-on-horseback, or with a seafood platter including oysters. Also good with white fish, such as sea bass, sea bream or creamy seafood gratin. Try it with local fish and chips!
- Blanc de Blancs
Part of Langham’s premium range, this wine is 100% Chardonnay all from the exceptional vintage of 2018. A rich palate with apple, pear blossom, white grapefruit and toasted almond – perfect to enjoy as an aperitif or with fresh seafood.
- Corallian Classic Cuvee
A Chardonnay dominant cuvée which is citrus led, with mineral & saline notes, suited to all occasions; particularly in the spring & summer months. The Corallian drinks equally well on its own or particularly with fish dishes.
As well as the bar, Susy Atkins, award winning wine expert for publications such as The Telegraph and Delicious Magazine, will run a wine tasting session for the stage on each day. An ambassador from each winery will be invited to join Susy on stage and the audience can become wine connoisseurs and taste the three Dorset Wines. Which was your favourite? Can you taste notes of lemon posset or brioche in the wines?
Susy Atkins, wine columnist for telegraph.co.uk commented: “In the past two years sales of English wine grew in volume by 69 per cent; there are now 879 commercial vineyards and 195 wineries, according to Wines of Great Britain (WineGB), the national body supporting grape growers and wineries. Dorset is home to some incredible ESW producers and I am so excited to join the winemakers on stage at SEAFEAST to discuss English sparkling wine and pairings.”
Tickets are limited, booking in advance is recommended.