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Tasting the 2010 vintage at Court Garden (Photograph © Jerry Webb)

Previous Events at Court Garden

Richard of Chichester

Sussex Day Faire
Harvey’s Brewery Yard

10am – 3.30pm Saturday 20th June

Actually Sussex Day is the Tuesday before and St Richard will be being remembered at Harvey’s and elsewhere then.

Today, Harvey’s Brewery Yard hosts a celebration of Sussex Produce, where Court Garden will be properly represented and offering samples to the good folk of Lewes who are not shy at coming forward for a glass.

Hove Farmers’ Market
St Philip’s Church, Hove

9am to 2pm Saturday 20th June

Alan will be back at the Hove Farmers’ Market with Court Garden Wine for sale by the Glass and Bottle.

St Philip’s Church, New Church Road, Hove.

The Brighton Singers present Summer Sparkling Songs

The Brighton Singers present
Sparkling Summer Songs

7.30pm Saturday 20th June

Brighton Singers back at Court Garden for what promises to be a fabulous concert. The Event is run by Brighton Singers so tickets available (won’t be many left!) from them. Court Garden will run a bar with the proceeds going to The Children’s Society.

English Wine Week

English Wine Week

Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st May 2015

Celebrating English Wine Week, we will be at the following events:

Saturday 23rd May: 11am to 3pm

Alan will be at Rushfields Garden Centre in Poynings offering some Sparkling and Still samples to thirsty Gardeners.

Friday 29th May

Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival, Hove Lawns.

Howard will be presenting Court Garden Blanc de Blancs at a Food matching evening, hosted by Henry Butler and Julia Trustram Eve of EWP.

Information: www.brightonfoodfestival.com/events/english-wine-food-matching-night

Saturday 30th May

Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival, Hove Lawns.

Court Garden will have a table at the two tasting sessions at 12-2pm and 3-5pm and we look forward to meeting friends old and new, tasting through our range of Sparkling and Still wines.

The event is organised by Henry Butler and Butlers Wine Cellar will run a bar serving Court Garden by the glass.

Information: www.brightonfoodfestival.comevents/brighton-wine-festival-2

New Farmers’ Market
in St Philip’s Church, Hove.

9am to 2pm Saturday 16th May

Alan will be meeting some new faces and offering Court Garden Wine for sale by the Glass and Bottle.

St Philip’s Church, New Church Road, Hove.

popup opera die entfuhrung

Popup Opera:
Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail
(The Abduction from the Harem)

7:30pm Saturday 21st March & 25th April 2015

Comedy about two young men attempting to rescue their lovers from an Ottoman harem.  Mishaps and high jinks as they don disguises in an attempt to save their beloveds. Contains some of Mozart's most spectacular arias, and is richly embroidered with his interpretation of Turkish music. An opulent and highly entertaining treat.

Sung in German, captions in English.

Proceeds to The Children's Society.

Henfield Late-Night Shopping Evening

Friday 12th December 2014

Alan will be at the Henfield Village Stores (as Budgens in Henfield is now called) for their late-night shopping event and be offering tastings from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

Festive Fayre 2014

Festive Food & Drink Fayre

Saturday 6th December / Sunday 7th December 2014

Alan sets his stall up the Ardingly Festive Food and Drink Fayre. This is at the South of England Showground from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

The Winemakers

Winemakers’ Choice
Christmas Wine Tasting

Saturday 6th December 2014

Court Garden Presents a Christmas Wine Tasting, focussing on Spanish and Portuguese wines.

Hugo has personal experience of all the wineries and has selected the wines with the winemakers. The Spanish wines are a new addition to the list following his trip earlier this year to the vineyards and wineries in the beautiful areas of Salamanca and Arribes del Duero.

Rushfields Farm Shop

Rushfields Farm Shop

Sunday 30th November 2014

Alan will be back in Poynings at Rushfields Farm Shop and ready to offer a taste of Court Garden to help the festivities from 10:30am to 1:30pm

Taste of Christmas at Lime Cross Nursery

Saturday 29th November 2014

Alan will be joining the festivities and Christmas Wine Tasting at Lime Cross Nursery, which will also include Arts & Crafts, Christmas Trees and Decorations, Christmas Gifts, Mulled Wine, Sussex Cider and a Chocolate Fountain as well as Live Jazz Music and Santa Claus will be taking time out of his hectic schedule to be there.

Event opens at 8:30am, Alan should be there from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

Old Spot Farm Shop

Old Spot Farm Shop Christmas Event

Saturday 29th November 2014

Alan will be going along the A272 stopping at the Old Spot Farm Shop and will be participating in their Christmas Event. Starts at 10:00am, surely not too early for a taste of Court Garden, until 1:00pm.

Hassocks Late-Night Shopping Evening

Friday 28th November 2014

Alan will be representing Court Garden at Budgens in Hassocks for late-night shopping evening.
Tastings start at 4:00pm.

Grape & Grain

Grape and Grain Christmas Tasting

Sunday 23rd November 2014

Alan will be at St Wilfred’s Hall in Haywards Heath offering a taste of Court Garden at Grape & Grain’s Christmas Tasting. Tickets available from Grape & Grain in the Broadway, or phone on 01444 456217.

Warden Park Christmas Food Fare

Saturday 22nd November 2014

Alan will be back in Cuckfield for the Warden Park Christmas Food Fare. Starts at 9:30am till 2:00pm.

Christmas Tasting in Lancashire

Thursday 20th November 2014

Alan is off to the Ribble Valley to take a little bit of Sussex up to Lancashire and join Barrica Wines at Samlesbury, near Preston for their Christmas Tasting.

Tickets are £10 for the tasting which starts at 6:30pm, please phone 01772 877933 to book and for further information.

popup opera cosi fan tutte

Popup Opera back at Court Garden

Sunday 26th October 2014

Another sell out success of Popup Opera’s performance of Mozart’s famous and much loved comedy Così fan tutte.

Proceeds to The Children's Society.

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Gourmet Bus returns to Court Garden

Saturday 25th October 2014

The Vintage Routemaster returned to the Vineyard. The gourmet passengers enjoyed a vineyard tour, a visit to the winery and a Sparkling Tasting, before a Cheese tasting provided by La Cave à Fromage. The cheeses worked really well with our newly released Ditchling Rosé, a fruity still wine.

More tours planned for 2015 – for details and to book please visit: www.brightonfoodfestival.com.

Brighton Wine Festival

Saturday 6th September 2014

Howard and Hugo will be offering the good folk of Brighton and Hove a taste of our range of award winning sparkling wines and launching our New still Rosé: Ditchling Rosé. 6pm to 9pm. Hove Lawns, tickets from Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival.

popup opera cosi fan tutte

Popup Opera: Così fan tutte

Saturday 28th June 2014

“With a small cast and skeleton staging (Popup Opera) are limited in which works they present, but Mozart’s famous comedy on the fragility of love fits the bill well... Six young healthy voices did justice to the glories of Mozart’s score; the beauties of the music were not (often) sacrificed to the alter of accessibilty.

The production, set roughly 100 years ago with Downton Abbey as a vague theme and Don Alfonso a butler, was amusing and inventive.” The Argus

Photo: Ted Davis.

Harvey’s Wine Club Vineyard Tour & Tasting

Saturday 14th June 2014

Harveys Wine Club returns to Court Garden, if you are a Lewes resident sign up for the Wine Club at Harvey’s Brewery Shop.

2:00pm – 5:00pm. Tickets £29.50 available from Harvey’s Brewery Shop, or call 01273 48021.
Please meet in Harvey’s Front Yard, 2.00pm

English Wine Week

English Wine Week

24th May – 1st June 2014

Celebrating English Wine Week, Alan will be doing a tour and offering tastings as follows:

Thursday 29th May:
Alan will be at Budgens in Hassocks from 10:30 to 1:00pm, then at The Wine Stand in World’s End, Burgess Hill 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Friday 30th May:
Alan will be at Budgens in Henfield from 10:30 to 1:00pm, then later at Grape & Grain in the Broadway, Haywards Heath 4:30 to 7:00pm, and Howard and Hugo will be at Butlers Wine Cellar, St Georges Road, Kemptown from 4:00 to 7:00pm.

sussex gourmet bus tour routemaster

Gourmet Bus comes to Court Garden

Saturday 26th April 2014

Hop on board the Vintage Routemaster in Brighton and set off for a culinary tour of Sussex; Brighton and Hove Food Festival’s inaugural tour of 2014. Advance tickets £70 per person – for more details and to book please visit: www.brightonfoodfestival.com.

harveys shop lewes

Wine Tasting at Harvey’s Brewery Shop

Saturday 5th April 2014

11am – 4:00pm
We will be at Harvey’s Brewery shop in Lewes for spring tasting of our award-winning English sparkling wines.

Popup Opera Docteur Miracle

Court Garden presents a Popup Opera!

Saturday 22nd March 2014 7:30pm

Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle is a comic operetta in one act by French composer Georges Bizet, with soprano, mezzo, tenor and baritone.

Proceeds to The Children's Society.

wine tasting at budgens

Wine Tasting at Budgens Henfield

Thursday 13th February 2014

Alan attended the grand opening of Budgens’ refitted store in Henfield and gave tastings of all Court Garden sparkling wines. The event was a great success and everybody enjoyed the sparkling wine.

Hailsham Christmas Market

Saturday 14th December 2013

Alan will be at Hailsham Cellars (9 High Street, Hailsham) offering samples of Court Garden internationally award-winning sparkling wines.

Festive Food & Drink Fayre

Saturday 7th December / Sunday 8th December 2013

All day, both days, at Ardingly show ground.
Alan will be representing Court Garden at the Christmas food and drink Fayre.

Wine Tasting at Court Garden Sussex Barn

Saturday 7th December 2013

3pm – 6pm
Hugo will be introducing some of the Portuguese wines from the wineries he worked at during the summer. Other interesting wines to try and of course internationally award-winning Court Garden.

harveys shop lewes

Wine Tasting at Harvey’s Brewery Shop

Saturday 7th December 2013

10am – 2:20pm
Howard and Hugo will be offering tastings of Court Garden at Harvey’s Brewery shop in Lewes.

Wine Tasting at Court Garden Sussex Barn

Thursday 5th December 2013

5pm – 7pm
Hugo will be introducing some of the Portuguese wines from the wineries he worked at during the summer. Other interesting wines to try and, of course, internationally award-winning Court Garden.

lighting up hassocks

Lighting up Hassocks

Friday 29th November 2013

Alan will be at Budgens offering tastings of Court Garden.

Grape and Grain Christmas Tasting

Sunday 24th November 2013

Grape and Grain Christmas Tasting at St Wilfred’s Church Hall. 2pm – 4pm

Howard will be on hand to talk about Court Garden.

Mid-Sussex Food and Drink Fayre

Saturday 23rd November 2013

Alan will be representing Court Garden at Warden Park School, Cuckfield (all day).

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DreamFest at Mac’s Farm Ditchling

Sunday 28th July 2013

Popular local food fair, we’ll be there. The Macs Farm website.

standen house

Standen National Trust Sparkling Wine Event

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th July 2013

This is a first for them and us, but Standen is a lovely arts and crafts house near East Grinstead. Worth a visit.

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Glynde Food and Wine Festival

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July 2013

We hope to see plenty of old friends this year at Glynde. This is a great food show in a beautiful setting.

southdowns cellars hurstpierpoint

Late Christmas shopping in Hurstpierpoint

Thursday 6th December 2012

Howard will be at South Downs Cellars on the south side of the high street from 6pm to 9pm, catching up with some old friends and introducing the full range of Court Garden Sparkling wine. All welcome free entry.

southdowns cellars lindfield

Late Christmas shopping in Lindfield

Tuesday 4th December 2012

Howard will be at South Downs Cellars at the top of the high street from 6pm to 9pm, catching up with some old friends and introducing the full range of Court Garden Sparkling wine. All welcome, free entry.

Late night shopping in Kemp Town

Thursday 29th November 2012

Howard will be at Butler’s Wine Cellar in St George’s Road from 6pm to 9pm, catching up with some old friends and introducing the good folk of Brighton to the full range of Court Garden Sparkling wine. All welcome free entry.

Christmas tasting in Haywards Heath

Sunday 25th November 2012

Grape and Grain in the Broadway, Haywards Heath hosted a Christmas Tasting from 2.00 to 6.00pm at the River Thai Restaurant in the Broadway.

Howard joined Ed and Angelica offering tastings of the range of Court Garden.
Tickets available from Grape and Grain 01444 456217

What could be nicer than a trip to Lewes?

Saturday 24th November 2012

Howard was in Harvey’s Brewery shop from 10am to 3pm, catching up with some old friends and introducing the customers to the full range of Court Garden Sparkling wine.

st georges hill tennis club

Christmas tasting in Weybridge

Friday 9th November 2012

We were in Weybridge on Friday 9th November where the Vineking held their Christmas Tasting at the historic St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club.

Howard was offering tastings of the full range of Court Garden Sparkling wine.

Christmas tasting in Reigate

Thursday 8th November 2012

In Reigate on Thursday 8th November to the Reigate Manor Hotel where the Vineking organised their Christmas Tasting.

Howard was offering tastings of the full range of Court Garden Sparkling wine, including the new Blanc de Blancs and Blanc de Noirs.

howard corney at barnes food fair 2012

2010 vintage launch at Barnes Food Fair

22nd September 2012

Barnes Food Fair this weekend where we launched our 2010 vintage, including our first Sparkling Rosé.

Pictured right: Howard discusses the finer points of English sparkling wine-making with the Mayor of Richmond, Cllr Rita Palmer, and Barnes Community Association Chair, Gary Smith.

sussex gourmet bus tour routemaster

All aboard for the Sussex Gourmet Bus Tour!

31st March 2012

Hop on board the Vintage Routemaster in Brighton and set off for a culinary tour of Sussex, visiting some our best food and drink producers and seeing “behind the scenes”, all in the excellent company of fellow Sussex Foodies, hosted by the lovely Hilary Knight from Sussex Food & Drink Network.

Taste your way through Sussex, with chocolate at Cocoa Loco, cheese at High Weald Dairy, beer at WJ King and Sussex bubbly from Court Garden Vineyard. You will also get to see how Sussex Gold makes their award-winning rape seed oil and enjoy a superb local produce lunch at The Crabtree, Lower Beeding.

More tasting in Brighton – The Butlers Wine Cellar in Kemptown

19th December 2011

Like coming home to one of our favourite shops. Howard will be at Henry Butler’s lovely Kemptown shop at 88 St. George’s Road from 3.00 to 6.00pm to chat to anyone who will listen and offer a taste of Court Garden.

English fizz – Back in Brighton!

17th December 2011

Web-based wine specialist Sparkling English Wine and Ten Green Bottles, the Brighton-based wine shop and bar, are celebrating a new collaboration with a spectacular tasting event. You will be able to meet and chat with the producers of some of the best sparkling wines that England has to offer and taste some of their fantastic fizz and, of course, we'll be there!

From 12.00 to 5.00pm six top English sparkling wine producers will present their wonderful wines for you to taste, and be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

For just £5 you'll get a glass and six vouchers to sample each of the wines, with additional vouchers at £1 each. A great opportunity to stock up with Christmas fizz, get some last minute presents, or simply taste some fine English sparkling wine. So do come along, all are welcome.

Venue: Ten Green Bottles, 9 Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE.   01273 567176   

Court Garden over the Pond

6th December 2011

OK, OK... I mean Lindfield Pond. This time Late-Night-Shopping on Tuesday the 6th December in Lindfield is the excuse for what will probably turn out to be a party in Southdown Cellars roomy and well organised shop. Well worth a visit anytime, but on Tuesday 6th I shall be comparing the size of bubbles. If you are coming up from the Pond; last shop on your right!

Court Garden into leafy Surrey

2nd December 2011

Howard will be in Ashtead for ExCellar's Christmas Tasting, which is being held at St George's Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane on Friday 2nd of December 6.30 to 9.30.

All are welcome but please RSVP to (01372 275 247).

Whilst I will be introducing our '09 Classic Cuvée, there are some other very interesting wines to try.

Court Garden back to Hurstpierpoint

1st December 2011

To coincide with Hurst Late-Night-Shopping on Thursday 1st December Southdown Cellars are open for tasting and Howard will be offering tastings of sparkling wine to any who have not yet got the message and of course to many old friends who are certainly on message. To those who are reading this email on another planet, I would mention that this is Lucy Driver's original shop, small but full of wonderful wines and is 100 High Street on the South Side.

Court Garden goes to Lewes

26th November 2011

Howard will be at Harvey's Brewery shop on Saturday 26th November between 10.00 and 3.00 offering tastings of the '09 classic cuvee and spreading the word about English Sparkling Wine. Unless you are new to the area, you will know that Harveys beautiful Brewery is on North side of Cliffe High Street just beyond the little hump back bridge over the Ouse. I am looking forward to meeting old friends and new.

Court Garden Sparkling Wine at The Glynde Food
& English Wine Festival

16th & 17th July 2011

Court Garden goes to Glynde Festival Saturday 16th July & Sunday 17th July, where we are sharing a stand with The Mount Vineyard from Sevenoaks.

Court Garden Sparkling Wine in Brighton

16th April 2011

We'll be in Kemptown at Henry Butlers new shop: 88 St Georges's Road. That is the far eastern end on the south side of the road.

Butlers wine cellars have been in Queens Park Road for as long as I can remember, the new shop has been open just a few weeks. Brighton wine lovers should not need any introduction from me to Henry Butler and his most interesting shops. If you have not come across the shop this could be the nudge to take a look and join me in a taste of Court Garden.

We are the closest Vineyard to Brighton, so less fizz miles and miles better fizz. What could keep you away. I shall be there from 12.00, until 3.00.

Court Garden goes to Broadway

9th April 2011

Ok so it's the Broadway... Haywards Heath. But far less air miles.

I am pleased to invite you to visit Grape and Grain in the Broadway next Saturday where I shall be handing out a refreshing taste of Court Garden Sparkling wine. I shall be there from 12.00 until 2.30 it would be lovely to see a few old friends.

If you don't know it Grape and Grain is well worth a visit. The shop is run by Ed and Angelica who are very knowledgeable and friendly, not only do they stock the best sparkling wine in town! But also an interesting range of Beers and some Deli items.