"Her mother may have favoured a Dubonnet as her tipple of choice, but the Queen it seems has become a fan of English sparkling wine – and from one family firm in particular.
While hosting the state banquet at Buckingham Palace last week in honour of President Xi Jinping’s four-day visit, Her Majesty raised a glass of Ridgeview’s Grosvenor blanc de blancs 2009 – the third time in recent years she has turned to the South Downs firm for state dinners.
President Obama and his wife Michelle were treated to Ridgeview’s Fitzrovia sparkling rosé 2004 during their state dinner four years ago. Martin McGuinness was among those enjoying the 2009 Grosvenor cuvée Merret at last year’s state banquet in Windsor Castle for the visit of Irish President Michael Higgins." The Independent