The best... Sum­mer splash

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - APPETITES -

Think pink; for­get flash or­ange fizz and shat­ter­ing prosecco bot­tles. When in Provence, chic Parisians go na­tive by drink­ing rip­pling rose with pinkgrape­fruit juice. Brad and An­gelina are do­ing it with their own gos­samer-fine Chateau Mi­raval Cotes de Provence Rose, above, at €26.50, the first batch of which flew off the shelves in Marks & Spencer, Dun­drum. Need­less to say, your un­wor­thy food critic was on hand to snaf­fle a bot­tle, with its spe­cially etched ‘fraud-proof ’ base! So I can tell you that it’s ethe­real and ef­fer­ves­cent, with hints of spiced plum, wild vi­o­let, cherry and rasp­berry — Cham­pag­ne­like in qual­ity. Can’t af­ford Brad and An­gelina’s prices? The uber ur­bane French som­me­lier of a Miche­lin­starred res­tau­rant whis­pered in my ear that the best rose in Ire­land is at Aldi. Be­lieve me, guys, it’s fab­u­loso fan­tas­tic, and just €8.99. Sim­ply called Cotes de Provence, it’s from Aldi’s Ex­quis­ite Col­lec­tion, and that it is. Now you know!

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