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On the grapevine


In the can: If you are drinking alone, or don’t want to open a bottle, then a can of wine may just fit the bill. Supermarke­t shelves are full of wine in cans, ranging from £2 upwards, so it takes courage and confidence to stick a £7 price tag on a 250ml can of wine. This is what Tommy and James Banks, inset, of the Black Swan in Oldstead, have done. Marketed under the Banks Brother label, they have sourced top-quality wine from South Africa. The Pinot Noir, Syrah Mourvèdre blend and the Chardonnay come from Newton Johnson; the Riesling/Gewürztram­iner/Muscat

Ottonel blend comes from Villiera;

Glen Carlou has provided the Cabernet Shiraz; and the Foundry has made the Grenache Blanc. All hit the mark perfectly, although I really like the Pinot Noir. The wines are available online at www. madeinolds­tead.co.uk and are now being poured as wine flights at the Black Swan at Oldstead and at Roots in York.

Sparkling showing: Only one Yorkshire vineyard has made it into the pages of a new book all about English sparkling wine. The Rydon Guide to English Sparkling Wine (£20) is a (fairly) comprehens­ive look at all the wonderful sparkling wines now being made across the country as far north as Leeds. George Bowden at Leventhorp­e is the Yorkshire representa­tive in this edition, but I would hope others that have sparkling wines gently gathering age in their cellars will make it into the next edition. This is a terrific book to tempt the reader to get in the car and go and visit some of the 65 featured vineyards.

To come: Bon Coeur in Melsonby is planning a series of events for the early part of next year. In January there is a Burgundy evening (£50 a ticket) followed by a evening of sherry in February (£30 a ticket). Bon Coeur also runs WSET courses. www.bcfw.co.uk.

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