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Rebekah Pizana is a food and wine journalist and recipe writer. Rebekah's columns have been published in newspapers, magazines and online since 2006.

The Big Ben

The Big Ben

Exploring England for good wine is easy, although you won't find many wines made with grapes from the UK since they really just started growing and producing a distributable amount maybe 10ish years ago. I have had very little time to hunt for local wines while in England; so instead, I opt for the no-fail, always satisfactory option of French Pinots or a good Champagne. 

As a wine tourist, I don't think I experienced the real joys of Champagne until I was able to pair it with an afternoon of horses. Between a chilled flute of Pommery or Boucton Vettori, Caviar blinis, omelettes, maybe a few mimosas, or a "buck's fizz" as they call it in England, and spectating a competitive and high risk sport like Polo, you can really feel like a proper local. The best and most exciting of brunches must involve horses from now on, in my opinion. Guests dress up in their Sunday best (traditionally, you do not wear hats to Polo matches, only steeplechase/race events) and the Champagne and food is always top notch.

To find a good Champagne & Polo brunch, visit England between April and September. Updated schedules are posted around late March.

There are a number of clubs in and around London; Guard's is amongst the most prestigious, while Ham is smaller but more accessible from central London. At any of them, you may get a glimpse of a Royal or two, even the Queen, while swirling a buck fizz and enjoying the equestrian social scene like a true British gentleman.

Guard's Polo Club

Smiths Lawn/Windsor Great Park, Egham TW20 0HP, United Kingdom

Guardspoloclub.com for tickets 

Located about an hour from central London, approx. 25 miles (there are very few highways in England), it's an all day trip

Ham Polo Club

Petersham Cl, Richmond, Surrey TW10 7AH, United Kingdom

Hampoloclub.com for tickets 

Located less than 10 miles (a 30 minute Uber or train ride) from central London