England and New Zealand mark cricket clash with sparkling wine taste-off

10 February, 2015

New Zealand and English sparkling wines are to go head-to-head in a blind tasting competition to coincide with the start of cricket’s World Cup.

Oz Clarke has led a panel to pick an England team of fizzes for the challenge, and the wines will face a New Zealand line-up selected by Jane Skilton MW.

The winning team will be selected by a panel of wine writers and cricket internationals at an event in Wellington on February 19, the day before England and New Zealand play in the cricket.

Guests at a second event to be held in London on the same day will choose a man of the match winner.

The events are being hosted by New Zealand Winegrowers and English Wine Producers.

Clarke said: “Both countries are now world-renowned for the quality of their fizz and to meet head-to-head in this keenly-anticipated match will certainly highlight the fabulous quality of these two nations’ wines.”




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