A Very English Celebration

30th May 2019

coates and seely and neil phillips

By the happiest of coincidences, English Wine Week 2019 25th May – 2nd June 2019 has fallen at the same time as one of the most iconic festivals in British Racing; The Investec Derby Festival! Whilst most of the British public, enjoy a cheeky glass of Prosecco or Champagne to celebrate the beginning of the flat racing season, this summer I’m daring to think outside the box. I intend to spend The Investec Derby Festival 31st May – 1st June sampling Coates and Seely’s finest English sparkling wine.

It appears I am not the only one, who has discovered a passion for English wines. Rhys Owen, Head Chef at Epsom for Jockey Club Catering, is also an enthusiast. So much so, that he has included a bottle of the Coates and Seely Brut Reserve Britagne in every Luxury Hamper purchased by racegoers at The Investec Derby Festival. It’s complexity, elegance and stunning length compliment the delicious summer menu, which includes Feta, Green Olive and Artichoke Antipasti, Chicken with Salsa Verde and Inverawe Roast Smoked Salmon.

However, racegoers who opted for the equally delightful Great British Picnic, which includes a phenomenal selection of pies, do not need to miss out on a glass of Coates and Seely Brut Reserve. Conveniently, the famous Coates and Seely Albion Bus will be in the picnic enclosure, so everyone is able to enjoy the perfect summer tipple.

But what about afternoon tea?” I hear you cry, “Will Coates and Seely’s Brut Reserve Britagne suit afternoon tea as well?”. Undoubtedly! However, for an unforgettable afternoon tea at The Investec Derby Festival, I would personally recommend the Coates and Seely Rosé Brut Britagne. This dry sparkling rosé presents aromatic notes of strawberries, raspberries and lovely red berry fruit on the palate, making it the perfect partner for Rhys Owen’s delectable scones with strawberry jam. It’s so refreshing, you won’t be able to resist visiting the Coates and Seely Albion Bus whilst on your way to the parade ring before the start of The Investec Derby.

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Coates & Seely Bus


Don’t just take my word for it. Why not visit the Coates and Seely Albion Bus yourself and sample their sparkling wines? I’m sure you’ll agree there is a Coates and Seely sparkling wine for every occasion throughout the Great British Summer. I’ll drink to that! #racingdelicious

Epsom Downs Racecourse


Stockists in addition to The Jockey Club:

Coates & Seely Reserve Brut Britagne. Stockists: Lea & Sandeman £29.95, www.leaandsandeman.co.uk Available in restaurants including The Ivy Group.

Coates & Seely Rosé Brut Britagne. Stockists: Lea & Sandeman £31.95, www.leaandsandeman.co.uk Available in restaurants including The Ivy Group.

Photo credits: Alice Kendall Coates & Seely

Neil Phillips

AKA The Wine Tipster. Professional wine, bubbles and horse racing expert, Neil Phillips, has combined his three life-long passions to forge a unique career spanning over three decades.