Summer is a great time of year to enjoy bubbles, they lift any occasion into an event. There is a vast range of styles, grape varieties, budgets and countries available to choose from as there is with still wine. So when making your choice for sparkling wine, consider your budget and ask yourself, do I want to match with food, and most importantly what style of wine do I like?
If you are a fan of lighter refreshing sparkling wine, then Prosecco is usually the first choice. However we have a great new wine that just landed ‘’Mitó Frizzante’’. Like Prosecco it’s from Italy, it is made in the same way and the style is florally aromatic with hints of pear and apple on the palate and it has a delicate refreshing finish. Even better, it’s cheaper than Prosecco so if you are pouring for a few guests such as at a wedding then its great value! It also has a screwcap which makes bottle access as easy as pie!
However, If you want to go for the real Mc Coy, then Rizzardi Prosecco Spumante is always our “go to” wine. You can enjoy the full drama of the mushroom cork POP when opening and also taste the high quality of the delicious Glera grape in its sparkling form. This is an ideal celebration wine, but I would always advocate that because it is somewhat dryer than your typical Prosecco, it would be perfect with canapes and nibbles.
If you really want to raise the level to a new chic then Valhondo Rosé Cava is a good choice. Its pale pink colour and dry flavour profile tends to suit all tastes. Made in the same way as Champagne but with the second fermentation in bottle and then time on the yeast lees, the resultant flavours have some depth and complexity making it a real treat. Pop a raspberry into the glass to add glamour!
Our newest Champagne is Granzamy, hot off the boat we are delighted with this new “grower” Champagne. Instead of selling their grapes to the big houses, this family caretake their own vineyards before harvesting the grapes to make their own wines. Made in this case, from entirely black grapes, hints of brioche, hazelnut and citrus define the palate.
When serving sparkling wine, serve chilled and allow 1.5 glasses per person, giving you six glasses per bottle. The current glass trend is a move away from the traditional flutes to serving in elegant wine glasses.