With the release of his new book,—

If you’d like to embrace the brilliance of bubbles, check out my new book Fizz, just released, with 80 joyful recipes for cocktails and mocktails. While sparkling wine always lifts the mood, the characteristics of grape, region and method unlock highly distinct charms and I have picked some fab bottles for you this week.

Prosecco is still hugely popular – marvellous to blend with cordials and purées. Lambrusco can be fun for a festival of flavour. English sparklers continue to dazzle: the darling of the bubbly world is currently Pét-Nat. I tasted Vagabond’s English pink ‘Pét-Not’ and bought some on the spot.

Splashing out on Champagne can be grand, but look for Crémant for similar wines at stunning prices. Whatever you pop, I hope it makes you Fizz.

OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH

BUBBLING UNDER: Cava Rosado NV (12%) £7 M&S. The best pink fizz for under a tenner? I reckon so. Stock up. (Available in-store).

ALL THAT PIZZAZZ!: Finest Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut NV (11.5%) £10 Tesco. Pear sherbet with the pizzazz of a glitter ball. Dazzling!

FIZZ A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW: Nivola Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC NV (10.5%) £11.99 Majestic. Fab red fizz – think of it like a blackcurrant sorbet. *Mix Six price

IN PRAISE OF THE ENGLISH ROSÉ: Pét-Not Rosé 2018 (13%) £24.60 Vagabond. Grown in Oxfordshire, made in London, sipped with love!

WINE OF THE WEEK

Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut NV (12%) £12.49 Aldi. The richest refreshment for a total bargain price.

This column was originally published in EVENT Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 19th May 2019

 

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