WINE

Bub­blies

Fairlady - - CONTENTS - BY SUZY BRO­KEN­SHA

10 fab fizzes to add sparkle to any party – and a few great op­tions for Dry Jan­uary.

My friend Josie once taught me about the ‘dresser’, which is a lit­tle drink you have while you’re dress­ing to go out. I em­braced the con­cept with great en­thu­si­asm and it’s stood me in ex­cel­lent stead ever since – spe­cially if it’s a glass of fizz. There’s noth­ing quite like a bit of a bub­ble to get a girl ready for the ball (you’ll prob­a­bly find that eas­ier to say now than you will at the end of the evening). These are 10 sparklers that might make you linger over the get­ting-ready part…

Genevieve Blanc de Blanc Zero Dosage 2012, R200

The ‘Dosage’ is a teeny bit of sweet wine that’s added to the bub­bly – after all the nat­u­ral sugar has been con­verted to al­co­hol and just be­fore the cork is put in – to bal­ance out the acid­ity. ‘Zero Dosage’ means this step has been left out, which makes this lovely bub­bly very dry and crisp. It’s de­li­cious.

Gra­ham Beck Brut Zero 2012, R370

‘Brut Zero’ is the same as Zero Dosage, and this bub­bly is fresh, min­er­ally, bone dry (and has less sugar than most, ob­vi­ously). Win­ning!

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