Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall may be a member of the British royal family, but she’s more like the French when it comes to her appreciation of wine.
Camilla, who is the president of the U.K.’s Vineyard Association, shed some light on the reason behind her interest in the industry during a reception for British winegrowers at Clarence House on Wednesday.
“People always ask me how I became involved in it all, well first of all I love wine, but secondly, my father was in the wine business, so I was brought up as a child drinking wine and water rather like the French,” she said.
“My grandfather also wrote about wine as did my great-grandfather, so I think it’s very much in my blood and it’s so exciting to see British wine taking off,” she added.
She also talked about the effect climate change is having on British weather — and in turn, British wine.
“We don’t exactly have the climate, or we didn’t then, but I expect with global warming it’s going to get better and better, we’re going to get better and better wine,” she told the group of wine producers, who sipped Highgrove sparkling wine named for the Prince Charles’s estate in Gloucestershire,
And she didn’t exactly give her royal stamp of approval on the UKVA’s suggested name for the country’s sparkling wine: British Fizz.
“I just feel champagne is such a good name and we don’t want to let the French beat us with a better name, so I think everybody ought to get back to having another little think about it,” she told members of the association, who were celebrating their 50th anniversary.
“I do quite often think I’ve got a really good name, and then I wake up in he morning and I’ve forgotten it,” she added.