The essential Mother’s Day drinks list—

Looking for the ultimate fizz to pop for Mum this year? Here’s a range of great drinks for you to pick from.

My mum loves Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc almost as much as she loves my dad, and my wine of the week is brimming with affection. Her late mum was a whisky drinker, especially those aged in sherry casks such as my Tamdhu pick this week, where the fruity-spicy interplay is a delicious duet for dram fans.

For gin sippers such as my wife, Foxhole is distilled from grapes and it’s a dazzling drop from Sussex that’s bang on for a zingy G&T.

And for more traditional rosé, Aldi has a Provençal beauty that’s top quality for under a tenner. But for maximum impact, splash out on this Billecart-Salmon gift set, with bottle and decanter – it’s the tipple of triumph.

OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH

MA-VELLOUS VALUE: La Cengle Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire 2018 (13%) £9.99 Aldi. Moreish and marvellous, pale rosé as classy as this for under ten quid is a steal.

MAMA SAID THERE’D BE GIN LIKE THIS: Foxhole Hyke Gin (40%, 50cl). £24 Tesco. Light, bright citrus splendour distilled from sustainably sourced grapes.

WHISKY? MUM’S THE WORD: Tamdhu, Speyside 15 year old Single Malt Whisky, Limited Release, (46%, 70cl) £79.95 The Whisky Exchange. Malty marzipan aromas and rich sweetly layered flavours.

MOTHER OF ALL GIFTS: Billecart Champagne Cuvée Louis Blanc de Blancs 2006 with decanter (12.5%) £195 champagnedirect.co.uk. As good as fizz gets. The ultimate treat.

WINE OF THE WEEK

Parcel Series 36 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (13%) £8.99 mix six, Majestic. Dazzling as a strobe of passionfruit, guava and pink grapefruit.

This column was originally published in EVENT Magazine, Mail on Sunday 24th March 2019

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