Looking for some Valentine’s Day fizz?—

I recently bought a case of Champagne Charles Heidsieck 2006 for a special gift. At £74 a bottle, it’s a serious investment and delivers depth and glory if you’re looking for a Valentine’s treat.

Happily, there are plenty of comparative bubbly bargains around.

Own-label fizz can be a good place to start, and I’ve found a pair from Aldi and The Wine Society that are just magic for the money.

Or if you’re seeking a familiar name to pop on International Love Day, Lanson still delivers the goods if you’re after Non-Vintage pink and Moët’s Grand Vintage Rosé 2009 is a rich vintage beauty.

As for Mrs Smith and me, it’ll be Camel Valley all the way – cracking Cornish quality.


BE MY (BUDGET) VALENTINE: Veuve Monsigny Champagne NV (12%) £11.49 Aldi. Rich, toasty, zingy and hard to beat for good value Valentine’s Champagne.

SEALED WITH A LOVING CORK: The Society’s Exhibition English Sparkling Wine NV (12%) £21 The Wine Society. A Sussex lemon sherbet fizzed. Exceptional for the price.

ROSÉS ARE RED….ISH: Lanson Rosé NV (12.5%) £29* Sainsbury’s On offer until Feb 26. Purity and splendour in this pristine French pink – pop the mood of love.

SPICE UP YOUR LOVE LIFE: Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Rosé 2009 (12.5%) £56.29 masterofmalt.com. Exquisite Champagne with zesty fruit and layers of subtle spice. Beautiful.


Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2015 (12.5%) £29.99 waitrosecellar.com. I can never buy enough of this English vintage sparkler. Revel in its excellence.

This column was originally published in EVENT Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 10th February 2019