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The House of Commons finally has a signature English fizz

Wine of the month: Digby’s House of Commons English sparkling

Digby Fine English Vintage Brut 2013 has been named the official House of Commons English sparkling wine

Whatever you might think about the decisions being made in parliament at the moment, there’s something rather special about popping open a bottle of English sparkling wine bearing the House of Commons’ portcullis.

With English sparkling wine regularly beating Champagne in blind tastings, it’s about time Parliament showed its support of the burgeoning industry by promoting our own bubbly in its gift shops.  

The fizz, from Arundel-based Digby Fine English, was chosen by the House of Commons as its signature English sparkling wine following a long tender process.

Made from a blend of 65% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir and 10% Meunier with a dosage of 8g/l, the wine is the new vintage of Digby’s flagship style – often regarded as one of the finest wines in the country.

As well as the portcullis stamp, the bottle also features a shimmering foil neck of ‘Westminster’ green, to help differentiate it from the vineyard’s other styles.  

One of the reasons the House of Commons selected Digby was the West Sussex winemaker’s commitment to minimising its environmental impact – its wine is net-zero in carbon impact all the way from grape to glass, which just makes us love it more.

But it is the refined bubbles, which deliver a crisp and refreshing apple and peach character, and creamy biscuit finish, thanks to 11% of the wine having been fermented in oak, which make this an ideal choice for a quintessentially English souvenir.

£35, from all Houses of Parliament gift shops