Food & Drink
by Aspect County

There’s a new wine shop in Battle

Is there anything more enjoyable than cracking open a bottle of wine and discovering something that delights?

At Sarah’s Cellar the aim is to take the guess work out of buying wine. Sarah and Paul are dedicated to tasting every wine they sell, in order to provide you with the perfect wine. Not an easy feat when you first open and have in excess of 200 wines to taste!

As restrictions begin to lift there will be opportunities for customers to sample the wines, recreating the cellar experience of French winery’s where Sarah and Paul fell completely and utterly in love with wine.

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Every year for the last eight years they’ve spent the summers exploring the vineyards and wineries of Europe. Sampling some well-known wine routes and a few off the beaten track.

One of their favourite regions is the Alsace, situated in the North East of France, along the southern Rhine, with the Black Forest on the horizon. The area is strewn with castles to explore, and villages with chocolate box appeal. The wine route is clearly sign-posted and the cellar doors are always open.

Alsace is a quirky mix of German and French, with the Vosges mountains to the West and the Rhine to the East. This wine region has changed hands between France and Germany multiple times over the last few hundred years.

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Grape varieties such as Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer are common-place, producing some excellent dry and medium-dry wines. Never underestimate the sweet wines from the region which are, without doubt, some of the best in the world. 

Cremant d’Alsace is a sophisticated sparkling wine, produced in the Alsace – and is incredibly difficult to track down in the UK. Made using the traditional method (the method used to make Champagne), the quality is high and represents excellent value for money. Around 90% of production is consumed in France, which tells you everything you need to know about Cremant!

Visit Sarah’s Cellar and seek their advice about the Alsace region, and learn about the best places to stay, the prettiest villages to visit, and the must-do wine cellars. 

There’s always some gorgeous Alsatian wine in store so you’re certain to fall in love with the wines in the same way that they have.