Six of the best celebration drinks from Yorkshire
PUBLISHED: 00:01 11 July 2014 | UPDATED: 13:22 24 October 2015
Raise your glasses and let’s make a toast to the success of the Tour de France in Yorkshire. We’ve scoured the county on your behalf to find the best celebratory wines and beers
Maillot Jaune, Great Newsome Brewery
Maillot Jaune, a blonde zesty ale brewed by Great Newsome Brewery near Hull, has flown out of the shops quicker than Bradley Wiggins on a downhill racer. ‘I’ve come to realise that people who are fanatical about cycling are interested in anything to do with the sport,’ the brewery’s Matthew Hodgson tells me. ‘That goes for beer too. Maillot Jaune has done really well — better than we could ever have expected.’ It all started because Great Newsome sponsor the Heart of the Wolds Cycle Sportive event and, in 2013, were asked if they would brew an official beer for it. So they did. It went down so well that they’ve now brought it back for Le Grand Départ. Maillot Jaune is available in bottles, and also on cask for various events that are on or close to the route.
Taste of Paradise 2012, Ryedale Vineyards
I rang Ryedale Vineyards — located in lush countryside near Leavening, between York and Malton — and asked them to nominate one of their wines that would go down well at a Le Grand Départ party. ‘To celebrate the Tour de France in Yorkshire, you will definitely need a bottle of our Taste of Paradise 2012,’ said Elizabeth Smith, who runs the business with her husband, Stuart. Why stop at one bottle though? This is a delicious sparkling rosé, and the 2011 vintage won a gold medal at the Mercian Vineyards Association Wine Competition. By the way, the Ryedale Vineyards website has a social wall for anyone who hasn’t yet discovered the, um, joys of Facebook, so you’ve no excuse for not keeping up to date with any and all Ryedale Vineyards news.
Hello Vélo, Wold Top Brewery
Hello Vélo, says Wold Top Brewery, is a ‘sparkling crisp ale with an earthy spiciness and honeyed marmalade overtones’ which sounds reasonable to me — although I just knew I liked it. It’s brewed predominantly with Wold Top’s own home-grown barley and pure chalk-filtered water and UK grown Goldings and First Gold hops and, like Chris Froome, makes an impressive finish. It’s available on cask in June only, but in bottles continuously.
Solaris White 2013, Holmfirth Vineyard
Why does Solaris White make a great celebration wine? I put that to Holmfirth Vineyard which produce it and they told me: ‘Because we grow it right here in Holmfirth with it’s a special red grape that’s designed for these cooler climates.’ How Yorkshire is that?
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Pedal Power (ale) & Claro (wine), Yorkshire Heart
Yorkshire Heart is a family-run beer and wine business situated between York and Harrogate that has produced a five per cent continental-style pale ale called Pedal Power to celebrate Le Grand Départ coming to Yorkshire. It’s available in cask and bottles. Meanwhile, on the wine side, Yorkshire Heart produce Claro, a red wine that’s soft and fruity (10.5% abv) with low tannins and is just right to sip on a summer’s day. We know a good sporting event to watch while tasting that.
Hill Hammer, Copper Dragon Brewery
This is a limited edition beer from a Skipton brewery on Le Grand Départ route. Inspiration for the beer came from one of the King of the Mountains stages which involves the cyclists taking on the fearful (for cyclists anyway) Buttertubs Pass in the Dales. Keep pedalling, boys.