Posted on 26th May 2016
English wine producers Ridgeview and Chapel Down have been chosen as the official suppliers for Downing Street receptions it has been announced today. This confirms the Government’s commitment to supporting the growth and success of the burgeoning British food and drink industry.
The Roberts family of Ridgeview were honoured to show their wines at the Food is Great launch event at No. 10 Downing Street earlier this month, which was showcasing the very best food and drink Britain has to offer.
Tamara Roberts, second generation CEO of Ridgeview Estate Winery in Ditchling Sussex, commented: “We are delighted that Downing Street have chosen to serve Ridgeview at their receptions. This illustrates the support of government for the incredible quality, breadth and depth of the British food and drink industry.”
R-L Winemaker Simon Roberts & CEO Tamara Roberts at No 10
A spokesperson for No 10 said, “The Government is proud to celebrate Britain’s excellent produce and that includes at events hosted here at No 10. From Cornish pasties to Stilton cheese, from Welsh lamb to Scottish salmon, the UK is home to many iconic food and drink products recognised and enjoyed across Europe. Now English sparkling wine – which has beaten Champagne in competitions – is amongst them.
“That’s why we are delighted to announce that two fantastic British companies – Ridgeview and Chapel Down – will be our official wine suppliers for events in Downing Street.”
Celebrated chef Tom Kerridge and holder of two Michelin stars at the Hand and Flowers created a menu for guests at the reception which was inspired by the companies. “English strawberries, poached in Ridgeview with honeycomb and basil” was extremely well received with the Ridgeview Rosé de Noir featured as a key ingredient. Tom Kerridge commented “I have Ridgeview at my restaurants and it really is up there with the best in the world. The standard of English sparkling wine is fantastic.”
Ridgeview are a family owned and run company based in Ditchling in Sussex, and are dedicated solely to the production of the highest quality, traditional method sparkling wine from classic Champagne varieties and methods. They celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2015. Ridgeview sparkling wines are available nationally at Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Laithwaites as well as all good independent retailers. Ridgeview’s award-winning wines include the Bloomsbury, Cavendish, Fitzrovia (rosé), Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs and Rosé de Noirs.
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