Egg Sandwich & English Fizz

23rd March 2021

Egg Sandwich & English Fizz

Britan, Britain Britain, an island filled with people who have accomplished so much and every time I taste a new English Sparkling Wine I am reminded of the amazing wonders that we can create.

Busi Jacobsohn is another English Sparkling Wine producer I can add to the great list of English Sparkling Winemakers, along with Fox & Fox, Bolney Wine Estate, Raimes English Sparkling, Camel Valley, Poulton Hill Vineyard, High Clandon Estate and Fitz, although they have to be called Sparkling Wine Made In England as they use the Charmat Method.

The egg sandwich, other than being delicious, has actually been a popular filling snack for British Troops since at least the First World War, they call it the ‘egg banjo’ consisting of a runny fried egg between two thick buttered slices of bread, it got its name because when the soldiers eat it, egg yolk usually squirts onto the eater’s shirt/jacket, which then will cause them to raise their sandwich out of the way either up or to the side and then try to ‘strum’ the yolky mess from their shirt with their other hand, making it look like they are playing an invisible banjo.

The egg banjo is also often accompanied by a mug of ‘gunfire’, which consists of tea and rum, but here we’re going to enjoy an egg sandwich with a glass of English fizz.

The English Fizz – Busi Jacobsohn

Run by a husband and wife team, Susanna Busi Jacobsohn & Douglas Jacobsohn, Busi Jacobsohn is located in The Blackdown Hills along the Somerset-Devon border in south-western England, they have three different bottles of English Fizz to try, including this one, along with two more set to release, one this year, 2021 and one next year 2022.

They also offer vineyard tours and wine tastings at a very good price.

Busi Jacobsohn – Brut Classic Cuveé 2017 Tasting Notes

Aroma – “A yeasty, buttery, honey aroma with orchard fruits and yellow floral.”

Flavour – “Fizzy with a sweetness, sherbety, orchard fruits, yellow floral, hints of honey, citrus and a touch of nuttiness on the palate.”

This English Sparkling Wine Won a Gold Medal Winner in the Classic & Elegant Category at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2020.

Egg Sandwich & English Fizz Pairing – Do They Work Together?

These are the ingredients I used in my version of the egg sandwich.

  • Egg
  • Mayonaise
  • Bread
  • Raddish
  • Spinach

Pairing Notes – “The English Sparkling Wine comes in with hints of honey, citrus bruised green apple flesh, it reduces the strength of the mayo and  allows the radish, spinach, egg and bread flavours to work together with a subtle creamy presence.”

I loved the pairing, they worked wonderfully together, I definitely recommend trying this if you get the chance, I kept going in for another bite while enjoying a glass of Busi Jacobsohn.

Oliver Walkey

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Writer, Focused on Bringing the Exciting and Fascinating World of Bubbly to You.