WITH the summer social season in full swing and our lawns and parks looking greener than a vineyard, there couldn’t be a better time to embrace the garden party atmosphere and break open a bottle of bubbly.
Whether it’s at a high-profile sporting event, or just a fun fixture in the diary, there’s a champagne or sparkling wine to mark the occasion and make it a day to remember...
The ultimate arm candy for pleasure seekers, admittedly you’ll have to invest in a few of these Nicolas Feuillatte 1/4 bottles in Brut and Rose (Brut Reserve £10, Rose £12, John Lewis), but think how stylish you’ll look. Each comes with a silky black wrist strap and depending on your mood (and outfit), the Brut is vibrant and fresh, while the Rose is fun and fruity.
Depending on which side of the fence you sit, Lidl have a cracking good cava full of lemony freshness – A llini Cava Brut NV, Spain (£4.99, Lidl). Alternatively, Allini Prosecco Spumante 2014, Italy (£5.29, Lidl) has pretty peach notes. Both own label medal winners, they’re a steal at the price.
Venice’s Hotel Cipriani (home of Harry’s Bar) cite Collalbrigo Brut, Prosecco, Italy (£11.95, www. vineyardsdirect.com) as one of the finest examples. A brut style (drier than extra dry), your friends will never tire of its floral aromas and classic pear and peach fruitiness with fresh minerality.
Just make sure there’s plenty to go round so you don’t run dry. Or top the flutes up with white peach juice for the perfect Bellini.
A Spanish gem that offers everything in the style stakes, Elyssia Cava Pinot Noir Brut (currently £45, reduced from £89.94, case of 6, equivalent to £7.50 per bottle, www.tesco.com) is a rapturous raspberry pink with fresh summer fruit aromas.
The tiny beads of bubbles caress the palate with raspberry, cherry, and redcurrant flavours that merge seamlessly with bright acidity on the graceful finish. From the cava heartland of Catalonia, serve this attractivelooking rose with smoked salmon blinis. and light summer salads.