Michelin Stars & Stripes in America
The whirlwind launch of Digby Fine English in the United States last month
has seen its flagship, 2010 Vintage Reserve Brut, being listed at Alinea in Chicago which has three Michelin stars plus a ranking as #2 in the US by the coveted The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Digby’s launch tour to the United States, which has the largest wine market in the world, saw its English sparkling wine being embraced by some of the most discerning in the country, including listings at restaurants with a combined six Michelin stars and counting.
Trevor Clough, CEO of Digby, commented: “Chef Grant Achatz’s Alinea is famous for blurring the lines between art, theatre and food, a glorious intersection of the senses. We are so honoured to have Digby as a small part of the experience there. The beginning of Digby’s American adventure has been incredible – our dream of becoming an internationally loved English brand is well and truly coming true.”
Other Michelin starred listings include Acadia in Chicago (two stars) and Rose’s Luxury (one star just awarded in Washington DC’s first Michelin guide). Clough spent two and a half weeks in the US for Digby’s Launch Tour, including New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and Boston. The formal launch event was in the residence of the British Consul in New York and was a joint celebration with Hugh Johnson, who celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Pocket Wine Book, as well as three other English sparkling producers. Digby achieved its distribution success in the notoriously challenging US market with its exporter The British Bottle Company and Vine Street Imports in New Jersey.
Digby Fine English was founded to produce the ultimate expression of English sparkling wine, capturing quintessential Englishness in a glass. Drawing inspiration from the history of English innovation and luxury, the company’s namesake is Kenelm Digby, the Englishman who invented the modern wine bottle in the 1630s. Digby is England’s first negociant, cultivating relationships with some of the best growers of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in South East England and achieving world-class quality through the refined art of blending. Digby has won a trophy as the best sparkling in England by a judging panel led by world-renowned Tom Stevenson, as well as numerous Gold medals in the short time since it launched its first 2009 vintage in London in 2013.