English wine and regional cheeses – perfect for CLA celebration

In its Centenary year, the CLA, in association with Rothbury Wines, is to celebrate St George's Day with a tasting of English wine, accompanied by regionally produced cheese.

In its Centenary year, the CLA, in association with Rothbury Wines, is to celebrate St George's Day with a tasting of English wine, accompanied by regionally produced cheese.

The event will be held at the Clockroom, Blagdon, by kind permission of the Ridley Family.

The focus will be firmly on English and local produce as the CLA encourages people to celebrate England's national day in honour of St George, venerated in many countries throughout the world as the patron saint of agriculture and farm workers.

The events will also help to raise the profile of the CLA Just Ask campaign, launched at 10 Downing Street by the Prime Minister, which aims to encourage the public to ask where the food on their plate comes from. Angus Collingwood-Cameron, NE Director, CLA said: "Now no-one can say they do not know how to celebrate England's patron saint.

"The link between local food and St George is the ideal excuse to have an enjoyable evening, whilst raising the profile of our excellent local produce and English wine, and supporting the local economy."

English wines have experienced quite a renaissance in recent years, with the whites and sparklers building quite a reputation, backed up with some impressive awards.

St George's Day coincides with English Wine Week, so a celebration goes hand in hand.

Experts from Rothbury Wines will be on hand to talk visitors through a selection of the best that English vineyards can deliver. They will be accompanied by regional cheeses, including a selection from the Northumberland Cheese Company which is based at Blagdon, and bread from the Castle Bakery at Ogle.

The event starts at 6pm and is open to all.

To book your place(s) please contact the CLA Regional Office on (01539) 567597 or email info.north@cla.org.uk

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