English sparkling wine (a.k.a. British Fizz) is having a moment, and even the Queen is getting in on it with her very own homegrown version. We just love the thought of Her Majesty personally stomping on grapes in some brightly-coloured frock and matching fascinator.
Around 3,000 bottles of her very own tipple were first produced in 2013, initially available for purchase online through British wine retailer Laithwaite before the holidays. The company’s website described the final product as “a fine fizz with delicious rich toasty length.” We’ll cheers to that — pinkies up!
Vines were planted in the seven-acre Windsor Great Park vineyard, not far from the Queen’s home at Windsor Castle, after finding an unused block of land that sloped towards the Great Meadow Pond. The perfect plot to plant some royal grapes. The same type of grape vines often used in Champagne, France were planted along with a few other varieties — including fruit — for the first batch of sparkling wine.
Turns out, a lot of people wanted a taste of Her Royal Highness’ home brew. The entire first batch of the regal booze instantly sold out.
Luckily, the Queen heard our commoner cries for “more royal fizz!!!” and is granting us another run. Three Cheers for Elizabeth II! The new 2014 vintage is now available for pre-order on Laithwaite’s website, with a case of six ringing in at £65 (around $105 CAD).
If you’re lucky enough to snatch up a bottle and are thinking of holding onto it as an investment, know that it’s meant to be consumed before 2025. And if you need someone to help you drink it down, do think of us when you pop it open, would you?