Hugh & Red Johnson Talk English Fizz (Your Royal Wedding Prep)

We had the pleasure of hosting–along with our friends at The Riddler in San Francisco–the best-selling wine writer Hugh Johnson and his son Red Johnson, founder of The British Bottle Company, for an afternoon tasting of English Sparkling Wine. We took some time before the event to sit down with Hugh and Red to gain their perspective and insight into the world of English Fizz.

And with the Royal Wedding just days away, we felt it proper to share our video segment with Hugh and Red to prepare you for the festivities ahead. We invite you to celebrate Prince Harry & Princess Meghan with a glass of English Fizz.


Martine’s Wines is partnered with Vine Street Imports—the definitive leader in the English sparkling wine category. Vine Street Imports has the most comprehensive portfolio and has shipped more cases and containers of English Fizz than any company in the world. Martine’s Wines features selections from Digby Fine English and Hush Heath Estate.

Why English Sparkling Wine?
The wines are clean, bright and easy to pronounce. The wines are an ultra-premium product that reflects unique sites, soils and climate of the southern coast of England. The yields are miniscule, winemaking cuts zero corners and the results are apparent in the bottle.

What Are Others Saying About English Sparkling Wine?
“This deal is a significant milestone as it will be the largest shipment of English wines to any international market.” – U.K. Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom

“Everyone’s talking about English sparkling wine, and rightly so. England’s wine industry is booming. It’s young, dynamic, and exciting—full of passionate, driven winemakers and vineyard managers with ever-increasing skills who are making exceptional wines that are taking the world by storm.” – Laura Rhys, MW

“New, exciting, unprecedented—the best sparkling wines being made here, less than 75 miles from London, hold their own alongside those of Champagne, and 30 years ago they didn’t even exist.” – Ray Isle, Food & Wine