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Celebrate English Wine Week

The sun may be shining now, but a severe cold snap in April left many English winemakers in fear for their harvest after unseasonal temperatures across the South of England dropped below freezing.

“Over the winter of 2016 we experienced cool, dry weather with a sustained period of temperatures below zero,” explains our vineyard manager Rob Corbett. “This meant that the vines were able to reach full dormancy, enabling them to preserve their carbohydrate stores for the coming vintage, and after a s...

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Toast St George with English drinks

Saint George has been the patron saint of England since the 14th century, despite being born in Turkey of Greek origin. Designated a protector of the royal family, St George’s Day on April 23rd was a major feast day in England in the 15th century, said to be on a par with Christmas.

Although these festivities have waned over the years, it has become common to see people take up the flag of St George – with its red cross on a white background – to celebrate all things English. And if you are plann...

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The rise of botanicals

You can’t move in the hipper bars in town without tripping over someone spouting about the rich and diverse flavours that the botanicals are bringing to their gin. Yes gin; the drink that in the 18th century was called ‘mother’s ruin’ because it was so cheap that its effect on family life was disastrous.

Secret recipes

These days gin has become the drink of choice for beard-toting hipsters, city slickers and discerning drinkers alike. This is partly because today’s production techniques are so so...

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Say “I love you” with Lyme Bay Winery

February is traditionally the month when our thoughts turn to romance, but here at Lyme Bay Winery we think every day is a good day to show some love, and our delicious, award-winning products can help you hit the mark, just like Cupid’s arrow.

The aphrodisiac qualities of certain foods have been celebrated for centuries, and over the years science has unveiled some of the nutritional links behind the stories.

Getting fruity

Mead has long been rumoured to have aphrodisiac properties and was histori...

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Don’t drink less, drink better!

Now that the indulgence of the festive season is over, many of us decide it’s time to take ourselves in hand and get stuck into a whole host of new year’s resolutions in a bid to get back into shape. One of the most popular at this time of year is the ‘Dry January’ trend, where you pledge to give up alcohol for the whole month to give your body a bit of a rest and ‘clear out’ your system.

But if you can’t face getting through the dark and chilly first month of the year without at least a few sips...

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Season's greetings from Lyme Bay Winery

We'd like to take this opportunity to send the very best greetings of the season to you all, and wish you a happy and prosperous new year. With best wishes from everyone at Lyme Bay Winery.
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Time flies when you’re making wine

It was only 12 months ago that we wrote about how it is not very often that you can give English grapes ‘hang time’ to really concentrate the flavours, but here we are again with an amazingly dry September and October, and the grapes to show for it. The 2016 vintage has also had the benefit of a very warm and dry August which has allowed the grapes to reach full ripeness and beyond.

The right ripeness

The Bacchus grapes have come in with very high ripeness levels so we expect some aromatic still ...

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Apple harvest approaches

English Romantic Poet John Keats described autumn as the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, which certainly puts us in mind of our forthcoming apple harvest.

Here at Lyme Bay Winery we are passionate about keeping the skill of Westcountry cider making alive and use the pressed juice of locally grown traditional cider varieties such as Dabinett, Kingston Black and Yarlington Mill to make our award-winning ciders.

The apples for these come from The Somerset Cider Brandy Company, where Julian...

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Grasp the nettle

We all remember the itchy pain of being stung by nettles as children, but if that hasn’t put you off this prickly plant then perhaps we can convince you it is a wondrous weed.

For starters, butterflies can’t get enough of it, which is good news for our native British species the Red Admiral and Painted Lady. Many people also consider nettles a tasty addition to a variety of dishes. They lose their sting when the leaves are boiled and add an earthy tang to soups and risottos.

Summer tipple

If that’s...

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‘Game of Thrones’ and the rise of Mead

"Winter is coming” as they say on Game of Thrones. Okay, yes, we know it’s actually spring, but as HBO’s hit drama finally kicks off its long-awaited 6th series, the UK has also seen a 30% uplift in sales of the show’s favourite drink – mead.

Firstly, what is it?

Mead is a delicious beverage made by fermenting honey and water with a range of different spices to create a wonderful flavour-rich drink.

How has Game of Thrones increased the popularity of mead?

In a word: awareness. As the show and books...

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Birch wine back in stock

It’s the moment many of you have been waiting for: our ever-popular Birch wine is back in stock.

An English tradition dating back thousands of years, birch sap collection happens in early spring before any green leaves have appeared, as in late spring the sap turns bitter. Last year we sold out in record time – by July – because the short harvest season for the birch sap needed to make our Birch wine means the number of bottles we can produce is limited.

Birch tapping

Tapping the sap is done by dri...

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A new look for the Winery shop – and our labels

Spring. Tennyson said it turns a young man's fancy to thoughts of love, hares are supposed to go ‘mad’ in March, and some people like to embark on a frenzy of cleaning. Hardly surprising, as we are all glad to see the back of winter and get ready for some better weather and fun times ahead. Here at the Winery we’ve been doing a bit of ‘refresh’ ourselves, with a new look for our quintessential cellar door shop, as well as a facelift for our iconic range of fruit wines.

Shop spruce-up

We have come ...

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Five Facts About Mead We Bet You Didn't Know

If the word ‘mead’ conjures up images of carousing Vikings or drunken medieval revellers then it might be time for a rethink. Considered by many an elixir of health, fertility and longevity, this so-called ‘nectar of the gods’ is having a very 21st century revival.

Here’s the lowdown on one of the world’s oldest alcoholic beverages...

1. 3 Staple Ingredients

Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruit, spices, grains or hops. The terms ‘mead’ a...

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NEW YEAR, NEW STOCK

January is a great time to try something new, so if kale smoothies aren’t whetting your appetite we have plenty of other options to get you through what is so far proving to be a wet and windy month.

Something lighter

After the excesses of Christmas, how about our award-winning Fruit and Country Wines. Inspired by wines traditionally made from hedgerow fruits and flowers, our delicious range has flavours to tempt all palates, from lighter, drier wines to more intense, old-fashioned berry-rich var...

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Treat yourself this Christmas, with Lyme Bay Winery

It’s December so there’s no escaping it: Christmas is coming. Whether you are full of the joys of Yule or more of a ‘bah humbug’ kind of soul, Lyme Bay Winery has plenty of festive products to put you in the mood or lift your spirits.

Raise a glass to our Christmas drinks

For starters, we’ve got a fabulous selection of seasonal drinks that are delicious on their own or in combination with other Christmas tipples.

• If you are making your own mulled wine, try adding some Elderberry and Port for extr...

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Perfect presents from Lyme Bay Winery

From gifts for granny and box sets for your boss, to Secret Santa and dinner party surprises, we’ve got just the thing. If you are looking for that perfect Christmas present our award-winning drinks are sure to delight the recipient and make them feel you’ve really put some thought into it.

Everyone likes a winter warmer and our delicious Ginger Liqueur, made with whisky, is sure to hit the spot, but if you want to get them something a bit different how about our Blackbeer and Raisin Wine – delic...

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We’re Going To Need A Bigger Cabinet

We know from our customer feedback that people love the products we make and sell here at Lyme Bay, so we are always delighted when we enter them into the UK’s various annual food and drink awards and they come up trumps there as well.

As we are not particularly ones for blowing our own trumpet, we hope you’ll forgive us for this tiny toot about some of the awards successes we’ve achieved so far in 2015.

Taste of the West

The Taste of the West Awards have been promoting and supporting the South Wes...

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Elderflower Adventures

Sourcing local ingredients is at the heart of much of what we do here at Lyme Bay. There’s birch tree tapping in March from a coppice down the lane to make our Birch Wine, and nettle picking in April to capture the new growth for our Nettle Wine, but nothing signals the approach of summer as much as elderflower picking in June and July from our own trees here at the Winery.

Our team enjoy sunny afternoons collecting the beautiful elderflowers from the hedgerows at a time their pollen is at its op...

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1994-2014 – Twenty Years of Great English Drinks

Twenty years ago, Lyme Bay Cider sold its first Jack Ratt and Lyme Bay Ciders from the small shop at Manor Farm in Seaton. Since then we’ve grown and developed, and now trade as the Lyme Bay Winery, producing an award-winning selection of ciders, country wines, meads, fruit liqueurs and cream liqueurs.

Our founding products – the ciders – are still some of our bestsellers, and continue to win awards for their superb flavour and high quality, but every year we develop new and innovative drinks to ...

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