We aren’t exactly known for our oenophilia here in Blightly.
More than once I have seen French friends shudder as they observe us lesser-palated persons picking up a bottle from the offie, as Brits’ selection of wine is often based on a rather simple three-pronged criteria: 1) Right price / special offer on price; 2) Heard of that grape before; 3) The label’s quite jazzy.
So it’s perhaps not that surprising that our favourite grape, sauvingnon blanc – according to new research from Laithwaites based on its 400,000-strong customer database – is one often completely panned by those who actually work in wine and/or who know what they’re talking about when it comes to viticulture.
Nothing in our favourite top 10 grape varities is all that imaginative, if we’re honest.
Ah well – let’s just get drunk and forget about it. That’s the British way.
Here are the top 10 most popular grape varieties in the UK (excluding blends):
1. Sauvignon Blanc
4. Cabernet Sauvignon
7. Pinot Noir
9. Pinot Grigio