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WINE OF THE WEEK: Henners Brut 2010, East Sussex, England

£22.99, D Byrne; £27.99, Corks Out, corksout.com

English wine week starts on Saturday – a great opportunity to visit an English vineyard or simply to drink an English wine. I’ve chosen a sparkling wine because it’s what we do best, growing the same grape varieties as Champagne in similar soils and climate. There are so many good ones it's hard to choose – Nyetimber, Hambledon, Wiston, Hattingley, Gusbourne, Exton Park, Ambriel and Ridgeview were all in the running – but in the end I've settled on Henners, from Herstmonceux in East Sussex. The 2010 Brut, a Blanc de Noirs made from the Champagne red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, has a soft, cushiony mousse, brioche, macadamia nut and ripe peach flavours and perfect freshness.

Henners Brut 2010, East Sussex, England

£22.99, D Byrne; £26.50, danddwineshop.com; £26.95, slurp.co.uk; £27.99, Corks Out; £32, New Street Wine Shop; £150.79 for 6, allaboutwine.co.uk, £153.90 for 6, hennersvineyard.co.uk

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