If you’re looking for corking bubbly to toast the bank holiday…—
Bank Holiday you say? Next weekend? I cannot guarantee you actual sunshine, but if you tune in to my Bank Holiday Barbecue show with the reggae chef Levi Roots, I can give you the perfect excuse to relax and pop the bubbly. Set your dial for BBC Radio 2, Monday 29 from midday and make sure you stick your sparkler on ice with some of these bottles that will pop the maximum fizz into your weekend.
If you’re after good value, Aldi’s Philippe Michel Crémant 2013 du Jura (12%) is £7.39 and should be on your list, alongside Asda’s Exclusive Prosecco NV (10.5%) for just £5.48.
Beyond Prosecco, Italy has sensational sparklers that needn’t break the bank, such as El Grillo Santa Tresa (12.5%), a must-buy bottle that’s bouncier and fruitier than a melon on a pogo stick, from vintageroots.co.uk for £12.95.
And Spanish Cava is more than bargain basement: Gramona is a leading fizz producer that all serious wine fans should taste – its La Cuvee Gran Reserva 2011 (12%) is superb value for £21 at bbr.com – laced with tiny bubbles, toasty elegance and lingering persistence.
Champagne remains a big hit with Brits and Waitrose own label Brut Champagne NV (12.5%) for £18.99 recently scooped Great Value Champion Sparkling 2016 at the International Wine Challenge. Tanners Extra Reserve Special Champagne (12%) is a beauty for £25.90, or push the boat a bit further out with Larmandier-Bernier ‘Latitude’ Extra Brut 1er Cru – powerfully focused fizz for £32.95 from leaandsandeman.co.uk. And if it’s magnum time, unleash Lanson’s Black Label Brut NV (12.5%), which just won gold at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships. Boom!
As for English, Exton Park Pinot Meunier Rosé NV is a treat at Butlers Wine Cellars for £32.95. Treat yourself to a bottle of home-grown happiness!
ITALIAN STALLION: Ribolla Gialla Cantina Rauscedeo (12%) Extra Dry batwine.uk £12.76. Bank holiday bubbly bliss, a delicious alternative to Prosecco to wow your friends with.
SASSY SOUTH AFRICAN: Klein Constantia Cap Classique 2012 (11.5%) £15.99 sawinesonline.co.uk. Great price for the savoury splendour of this sublime sparkling Chardonnay punching above its price.
LUSH LICHTENSTEIN: Hofkellerei des Fürsten von Liechtenstein FL Classique (12.5%) alpinewines.co.uk £20.60. Scrumptious! This inventive blend of Riesling and Grüner Veltliner is stunningly poised between fruity and zesty splendour.
ENGLAND: Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2010 from £32.99 (mix six price) Majestic. Superlative English sparkling wine with creamy zing and the regal poise and panache of the world’s finest fizz.
WINE OF THE WEEK
Two Rivers Altitude Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (14%) £19.95 leaandsandeman.co.uk Explosions of citrus and floral fireworks, huge juicy flavours are unleashed in this stylishly spot on Sauvignon Blanc.