The Wine Tipster’s Recommendations for English Wine Week and National Picnic Week

June 20th – 28th is English Wine Week which coincides with National Picnic Week (June 22nd -28th)! Here The Wine Tipster guides you through how to make the most of the week celebrating the wonderful wines of Great Britain as well as the glorious summer weather.


The Wine Tipster enjoyed a fantastic week of racing at Royal Ascot last week and at The QIPCO Guineas Festival the previous week. With the return of racing behind closed doors, The Wine Tipster has been encouraging punters to celebrate the races at home with wines from the new Ascot Wine Club available in three cases named after former Gold Cup champions, Yeats, Sagaro and Fame and Glory. 

He is looking forward to the coming months of racing, including Epsom’s Investec Derby Day (4th July), Sandown Park’s Coral-Eclipse Day (5th July), Newmarket’s Moët & Chandon July Festival (9th – 11th July), Ascot’s King George VI Weekend (25th July), the Qatar Goodwood Festival (28th July – 1st August) and the Yorkshire Ebor Festival (19th – 22nd August). Tune into ITV and Racing TV to watch all the races!


In the meantime, The Wine Tipster has some great ideas for enjoying this English Wine Week and National Picnic Week to celebrate some great local producers and the fabulous summer weather. 

English Wine Week (20th-28th June)

English Wine Week is an annual celebration of our home-grown wine producers who are making many delicious wines. There are now around 650 commercial vineyards in Great Britain! Raise a glass and join in their virtual celebrations this year for #EnglishWineWeek from #WinesofGreatBritain.

The Wine Tipster’s ‘Top 5 Cotswold Vineyards for English Wine Week’ article in Cotswold Life is a great start on your journey to discovering some great UK wine producers.

The Wine Tipster’s drinks fit for an English Wine Week afternoon tea:

  • Coates & Seely Britagne Brut Rosé NV (Coates & Seely online £32.95): Perfect to match with scones laden with strawberry jam and cream – or cream and strawberry jam, depending where you’re from!
  • Lyme Block Bacchus 2019, Devon, (Aldi £9.99) Bacchus works so well in England as it is light, aromatic and fresh in style, with peach and citrus fruit on the palate. A great success!
  • Chapel Down English Rosé 2019, Kent (Waitrose £12.99) Easy drinking Rosé, with delicate summer fruits and a lovely crisp finish.
  • Bolney Estate Pinot Noir 2018, Sussex (Oxford Wine Co. £21.99). Bolney Estate produce fantastic wines and they have led the way with English red wines, including this delicate, elegant and fruity Pinot Noir
  • Belvoir Elderflower and Rose Pressé (Sainsbury’s £2.70 for 750ml) is a delicious soft drink option.


National Picnic Week (22nd-28th June)

With the sterling weather this week, why not enjoy a glass of English wine or any of The Wine Tipster’s below recommendations on a picnic blanket in the garden or at a safe distance to others in the local park. The Wine Tipster says: “Picnics are great fun, with lots of tasty and easy-to-nibble choices. Select drinks to give your blanket banquet a touch of casual elegance with the below top tipples.”

The Wine Tipster’s drinks fit for a picnic:


However you choose to celebrate this classically British summer week, connect with The Wine Tipster across social media and share your experience – Cheers! 

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