Valentine’s day seems like a good excuse to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, and whilst Prosecco is often to go to fun fizz, but this weekend why not try something different. There is a plethora of sparkling wine to choose from so here are some suggestions to get you started.
A good alternative to Prosecco is Mionetto Vivo. This wines comes from near the Prosecco region, is similar in style to Prosecco, and for the weekend that’s in it, it’s a delicious shade of pink – add a fresh raspberry to the glass for glamour.
If you want to push the boat out, there are two rose Champagne options to be considered. Lanson Rose has a beautiful pale pink hue, is dry in style with hints of summer fruits and crisp refreshing acidity. Lanson Champagne who sponsor tennis at Wimbledon would certainly advocate drinking with strawberries.
Canard Duchene rose is a slightly darker pink colour, a little bit richer on the palate, again has red summer fruits and a touch more brioche – also dry, it would go well with sea foods and white meat.
Mumm Champagne is also a good buy this February. Made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, the wine has a touch of richness mid palate and finishes dry, crisp and refreshing – a classic Champagne which drinks well on its own or with some choux cheese buns.
We also have three delicious still rose wines available this month. From South Africa, in an off dry style, Chateau de Sours, a bone dry pale elegant rose from Bordeaux and from Spain, a food friendly Tempranillo rose. All three look cheerful and fun for the weekend ahead.