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The Essential Wine Guide for the Euros 2016

Sambrooke Spurrier17 June 2016

Football fan and oenophile, Sam Spurrier of The Vintner pins up his team sheet of winning wines for this summer’s festival of footy. But you don’t need to enjoy the beautiful game to enjoy these cracking choices. And whatever happens on the pitch, be sure to raise a glass in celebration of England's sparkling success on the vine. 

Venue - Stade Velodrome, Marseille

Wine - Domaine des Monticoles Rosé 2015, Vin de Provence, France

Tasting note: Domaine des Monticoles rosé is a real stunner with great poise and an abundance of character. Very pale in colour, clean and crisp on the palate with delicate red fruits on the nose. This rosé is in a different league to most and it's only a tenner! A must for any sunny day and pre-game BBQ.

Why I chose it: England started their campaign in Marseille's Stade Vélodrome which is surrounded by the gorgeous vineyards of Provence. Despite not getting off to the best of starts, a start that could easily be reflected in the confused bulk rosé we endure throughout the summer, there is unrelenting hope that things will get better. This wine is for the optimist. This wine is for those planning BBQs and ready for an English victory with sunshine throughout the day.

Price - £10.95 from The Vintner


Venue - Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux

Wine - Margaux AC Grande Reserve 2011, Lucien Lurton, Bordeaux, France

Tasting note: Lucien Lurton's Margaux AC Grande Reserve 2011 delivers every gram of this weighted expectation. Branded with a gold label and featuring the names of Lurton and Margaux it would be hard not to get excited. This wine epitomises a very good left bank Bordeaux. Huge depth, balanced with beautiful blackcurrants, cedar wood and fine tannin.

Why I chose it: It would be very hard to leave Bordeaux off this guide. The French are the bookies favourite and Bordeaux is arguably the country's favourite wine region. The team is star studded and commands respect, much like a Bordeaux on a dinner table. Steeped in history and expectation, they are expected to perform on the pitch and in the glass alike.

Price - £16.95 from The Vintner


Venue - Stade de Pub, Home et Fan Zone

Wine - Plumpton Estate The Dean NV, Sussex, England

Tasting note: The Dean NV, made by the staff and students of the college, rivals the best champagne and sparkling wines you can get your hands on and for only £20.99. Fresh and enticing, extremely well balanced with concentrated apple and citrus, The Dean delivers a lot! If you haven't tried English sparkling wine before then grab yourself a bottle and find out what all this noise has been about.

Why I chose it: English sparkling wine is the new challenge on the block and has been making a big impact on the global stage with local producers picking up gold medals like Ronaldo and Messi at an award ceremony. Constantly able to surprise the Champagne houses and winemakers of Europe with quality and success, English sparkling wine offers hope and a reason to celebrate. Let's hope the home nations have taken note and can deliver similar success!

Plumpton College is the flag bearer of English wine, marching relentlessly onwards and showing us the way to success. Educating some of the best winemakers in this country and around the world, Plumpton College is responsible for a lot of very tasty tipples. If you would like a career in wine or just to know a little more, click here.

Price - £20.99 from Waitrose Wine Cellar