Time Well Spent
At Gusbourne, we present an authentic reflection of a time and place in each of our bottles, by producing exclusively vintage wines that are unique to each growing season. Inspired by this ethos of making the most of time, we’ve put together a collection of tips, tricks and interesting reads to help you make the most of your Time Well Spent.
We’ve joined forces with selected partners with whom we already share certain values – creativity, independent thinking and true craftsmanship – as part of an exchange of knowledge and insights that we have shared here. You can also explore the perfect pairing of takeaway food with our wines, inspiring recipes from the kitchens of partners such as The Langham London, and thought-provoking conversations with partners such as Bremont, Gieves & Hawkes and Penhaligon’s. Plus, insider knowledge on how at Gusbourne we take time to perfect our wines, so you can enjoy them always at their best.
New Release: Blanc de Blancs 2016
Quietly acknowledged as a strong vintage year for English Sparkling Wine, 2016 will be remembered for its warm, sun-filled summer and autumn days. Ideal conditions for producing fruit of outstanding quality at Gusbourne’s vineyards in Kent and West Sussex.
Why We Blind Taste Our Base Wines
A lot happens to a Gusbourne wine in its journey from harvest to bottle. One important stage is putting our base wines to the test. Each year our winemaking team blind tastes and meticulously analyses every wine before deciding the carefully crafted blends that each of our labels will carry. It’s a fascinating process that takes skill, experience and the ability to imagine a wine’s potential in every vintage year.
Bottling the Bubbles
Some elements of winemaking are widely recognisable. Everyone knows what pruning and harvest look like, photos abound. But once the grapes have been pressed in the winery and the young wine stored to mature, what happens next? When is it transferred to bottle? How do we know the optimum moment for release? Here we reveal the less public part of the winemaker's art.
How to Make Cocktails with English Sparkling Wine
Does English sparkling wine work in cocktails? Marco Corallo, a former sommelier and now award-winning mixologist and Head Bartender of Artesian at The Langham, thinks so. It’s all about balance and letting your ingredients work together.
Cellar Aged Still Wines
One of the most enchanting things about wine is that every vintage is unique. Every year expresses the fascinating symbiotic relationship between nature and winemaker. At Gusbourne, every wine we release is a vintage from a single year, the product of the unpredictability of nature and the challenges that winemakers work with to create the bottles that others enjoy.
Field Notes: Embracing Nature at Gusbourne and Goodwood
As we head into winter and look forward to the first green shoots of spring, two guardians of the great outdoors share their experiences of tending their respective acres of ancient woodlands and mature vineyards. Darren Norris, Head of Forestry at The Goodwood Estate talks trees, soil, sustainability and the benefits of learning from the past with Gusbourne’s Vineyard Manager, Jon Pollard.
Share the sparkle of Christmas with friends through our Christmas Unwrapped competitions on Instagram. We will be releasing prize giveaways over the next three weeks, so make sure you're following our account to enter to win. All winners will be notified on Wednesday, 16th December. Keep an eye out and good luck!
Festive Menu Pairing
Sparkling wines can be just as perfect a pairing with food as still wines, and with our range of sparkling and still options available on the website, there is more choice than ever before to pair with your Christmas meal. Ronan Sayburn MS, Head of Wine at 67 Pall Mall, has prepared a selection of indulgent festive menu pairings to inspire you.
The Secrets of Christmas Gift-Giving
For anyone worried about last-minute present-buying, or if the guaranteed-by-Xmas delivery van doesn't deliver on time, relax. History is on your side. Gift-giving on Christmas Day is quite a new confection. Until 200 years ago, the big event was January 6th.