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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 planning to mark the feast of our national dragon-slaying hero, here are some traditional English drinks to raise a toast to him.
Pop some sparkling
A glass – or two – of sparkling wine has always been a great way to mark a celebration. English sparkling wine has been growing in reputation and quality in recent years, and ours is no exception, winning a multitude of international awards since launch just a few years ago.
The UK has the highest per capita consumption of cider, as well as the largest cider-producing companies in the world.
We are passionate about keeping the skill of West Country cider making alive, and have an unrivalled reputation for producing ciders of the highest standard using nothing but the pressed juice of locally grown traditional cider varieties such as Dabinett, Kingston Black and Yarlington Mill.
Make time for mead
The nectar of the gods, the golden liquor of poets, lovers and kings and thought by many an elixir of health, fertility and longevity, smooth and sumptuous mead is rumoured to have aphrodisiac properties and was historically presented to newlyweds to enjoy during what we now call their “honeymoon”.
Our award-winning meads are fermented, blended and aged on site using our secret blends of honey to create the rich, floral and pungent characteristics for which they are famed. And if you fancy something a little different, our Yore sparkling mead is mead, but not as you know it.
Ask for ale
Ale is one of the oldest beverages produced by man, and local and craft beers have grown increasingly popular throughout England thanks to the growth of microbreweries.
Two of our favourites are from Devon’s family-run Otter Brewery – whose beers are brewed with water from the springs of the River Otter – and The Branscombe Vale Brewery in Devon, which makes bottle-conditioned ales of outstanding quality and character.
Finish with fruit
England has a strong tradition of making fruit- and flower-flavoured wines, and it’s having a bit of a revival of late.
Inspired by wines traditionally made from hedgerow fruits and flowers, our range of award-winning Fruit and Country Wines has flavours to tempt all palates, from lighter, drier wines to more intense, old-fashioned berry-rich varieties. Many of them also make delicious spritzers, mixed 50/50 with soda water.
Stock up for celebrations
You can see all of these products at our Winery shop so do pop in if you are passing. Alternatively, you can always get in touch with our friendly team here at the Winery via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us on 01297 551355 if you’d like to order by phone.