Want to put some fizz into your life? Neil Phillips, the Wine Tipster, looks at some of the wines that will make your summer sparkle
The popularity of bubbles grows and grows and we are more relaxed about opening a bottle on any occasion. From picnics to weddings, barbecues to days at the races, here are three names to look out for.
THE ENGLISH SPARKLER
Coates & Seely Rosé Brut Britagne
Coates & Seely have 24 hectares of vineyards on chalky downlands in Hampshire where they produce award winning sparkling wines. Their stylish dry sparkling rosé is pale salmon in colour, with aromatic notes of strawberries and raspberries and lovely red berry fruit on the palate. Delicious with a picnic and perfect for a really special afternoon tea.
DID YOU KNOW? A record 3 million vines will be planted in England and Wales in 2019 and we are predicted to be producing 40 million bottles a year by 2040.
THE CHAMPAGNE INNOVATION
Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial NV, Champagne, France.
A well-iced drink is the perfect match to a sultry evening and this was a challenge that the world’s biggest Champagne House decided to rise to.
Moët Ice Impérial is the very first refreshing Champagne to be enjoyed over ice, in large glasses that have been specially designed to reveal all of its subtlety.
This beautifully produced Champagne is fun, with a bright fruity character, elegant maturity and is off dry in style. It’s perfect when you are in a group and will bring this classic Champagne house to a whole new audience.
TOP TIP: If you are in a group of 10 people, why not buy a magnum of wine rather than two bottles? A decadent way to mark being with friends.
THE PERFECT PROSECCO
Ruggeri Argeo Prosecco DOC Brut, Treviso, Veneto, Italy
Prosecco is a hugely popular drink, particularly in summer, because of its versatility, softness and casual style.
The Ruggeri winery in Veneto was founded by Giustino Bisol in 1950 and which is now run by his son Paolo. This is one of the most famous Prosecco producers and this is a great base to take in some stunning vineyard views.
Ruggeri produce very expressive, high quality wines and Argeo is a refreshing blend of vibrancy, citrus and stone fruit, with a dry elegant finish. Top class!
DID YOU KNOW? The UK is the world’s biggest market for Prosecco, importing 112 million bottles in 2017.
- Coates & Seely Rosé Brut Britagne.
Stockists: Lea & Sandeman £31.95, www.leaandsandeman.co.uk Available in restaurants including The Ivy Group.
- Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial NV, Champagne, France
Stockists: £44.50, www.thechampagnecompany.com plus numerous retailers
- Ruggeri Argeo Prosecco DOC Brut, Treviso, Veneto, Italy
Stockist: Great Western Wines £13.95 www.greatwesternwine.co.uk Available in bars and restaurants