You Can Now Pop a Bottle of The Queen’s Sparkling Wine
The label design evokes the embroidery on the ‘Robe of Estate’ she wore on her Coronation Day in 1953.
As British royal watchers will know, Queen Elizabeth II has just marked her Platinum Jubilee: On February 6, she became the first British monarch to serve 70 years on the throne.
Obviously, that’s a milestone worthy of major celebration — and big festivities, including parades and a prize-winning pudding, are planned for June.
It’s also worth popping a cork over. To that end, the Royal Collection Trust, a department of the Royal Household, has just released a special edition English Sparkling Wine in honor of — and with which to celebrate — the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The new Buckingham Palace English Sparkling Wine is “a classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, made exclusively from hand-picked fruit grown on vineyards in Kent and West Sussex,” according to a press release.
The golden-hued vintage sparkling wine (12 percent alcohol by volume) is also said to be characterized by “enticing aromas of rich and honeyed citrus fruit, white peach and hints of sweet spices.”
Suggested pairings include “mature English cheddar” as well as “British seafood, such as crab, langoustines or classic fish and chips,” although it is also suited to sipping as an aperitif. (No mention of whether it would pair well with Coronation Chicken or the Queen’s new line of condiments, but you could certainly try.)
The bubbly’s positioning as “a perfect addition to Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer” extends to the label design, which was inspired by “the gold embroidery on Her Majesty’s Robe of Estate, worn on the Coronation Day, 2 June 1953,” according to the Royal Collection Trust. “A crowned EIIR cypher is surrounded by golden olive leaves and ears of wheat to [symbolize] peace and plenty.”
Concerned you don’t have any wine glasses worthy of such a regal wine? Fear not. The trust has also introduced a set of British hand-cut Champagne Flute Glasses for the occasion. Sold by the pair, the flutes have been “engraved with an emblem depicting the national flowers of the United Kingdom” and come in a gift box lined with satin. Fancy!
You can get Buckingham Palace English Sparkling Wine and the commemorative Champagne Flute Glasses (£120.00 for a pair) at the Royal Collection Trust’s online shop or its in-person shops in London, Windsor and Edinburgh. A 70cl bottle of the sparkling wine costs £39.00, or about $53. The champagne flutes are priced at £120.00 per pair, or about $162.
No, royal sipping doesn’t come cheap, but all profits from the sales of both the wine and the flutes benefit the Royal Collection Trust, a charitable organization that supports care, conservation and public access to the fine and decorative arts in the Royal Collection.
Plus, I mean, it’s the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, people!