Watch: Graham Norton tries his hand at blending wine
Television presenter Graham Norton gave blending wine a go as he prepares to release his fifth vintage alongside wine producers Invivo Wines, but the question is, can you ‘blend it like Norton’?
Displaying his knowledge of all things vino, he said: “A nice warm spring and excellent flowering, plenty of rain when we needed it and lots of sunshine. All in all, a warm vintage with lots of tropical flavours. I’m seeing it as similar to 2014, possibly even the great 2011.
Cameron added: “Graham is getting annoyingly good at this winemaking business.
“After five years collaborating with us, Graham has really nailed his own winemaking style. He’s blended some very easy-to-drink, appealing and award winning wines and is incredibly hands on”.
The Graham Norton brand now has a Sauvignon Blanc, rosé and Shiraz in its portfolio and it also plans to enter the sparkling category this year with the launch of a Prosecco.
“This is the most sparkling Italian you’ll ever share an evening with,” Cameron says, describing the new wine.
Invivo has partnered with growers in Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia in northern Italy in order to produce the wine, with Norton ultimately opting for a drier blend.
Graham Norton’s Prosecco was recently awarded a silver medal at The Drinks Business 2018 Global Sparkling Masters.
With just 14,000 bottles in the Graham Norton range produced in 2014, this year’s vintage is set to top 3 million bottles with growing demand from New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Ireland, the US, Norway, Denmark, Hong Kong and Japan.
Last month, Norton also announced that he would be added a gin to his portfolio.