Wines from the heart of the Garden of England

Wines from the heart of the Garden of England

by Chapel Down 13 October 2021

This week, we have begun harvesting our Pinot Noir fruit. This classic Champagne variety is used in many of our sparkling wines and is often considered to be one of the most charismatic grape varieties. It is also the dominant grape variety in most of our rosé wines, thanks to its delicate colour and elegant flavour profile. Our Chapel Down Sparking English Rose NV is a superb example of this.

Chapel Down Sparkling English Rose

Like its name suggests, is delicate and feminine with floral aromas. It has hints of blackcurrant, rosehip and wild strawberry on the palate with hints of citrus and a fine persistent bubbles.

A Sparkling Pairing: Smoked Salmon Blinis

Indulge this weekend with this luxurious aperitif – the perfect pairing to our Sparkling English Rose where the saltiness of the smoked salmon complements the acidity and fruit flavour of the sparkling wine. 

You will need:

200g smoked salmon

20-24 ready-made cocktail blinis

1 small shallot (finely chopped)

150ml soured cream

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

Small bunch of fresh dill

Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Use a lemon zester to remove thin strips of zests from the lemon and put to one side.
  2. Dice the smoked salmon and place into a bowl. Add half of the lemon juice and season with black pepper. Add the shallow and mix well.
  3. To serve, spread a layer of soured cream onto each blini, place a spoonful of salmon on top and garnish with a sprig of dill and strip of lemon zest.