Six bot­tles of fizz that are top of the pops...

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - DRINK -

What makes the per­fect glass of fizz? Is it the sound of corks pop­ping, the qual­ity of the ef­fer­ves­cence that’s so ex­cit­ing, the el­e­gant style of a re­ally good cham­pagne, or the clean, soft re­fresh­ing flavours of a mod­est sparkler that can be so much fun? As with any wine, some­times it just comes down to the de­li­cious first sip and lively fresh­ness from the mo­ment the bub­bles hit the right spot.

We’ve popped the corks on some of the pret­ti­est, tasti­est, smartest and best bud­get-friendly bub­bles to brighten up your party... There’s lots to love about Lidl’s or­ganic bubbly. Keenly priced, it of­fers the per­fect ex­cuse to stock up on a few bot­tles.

A lovely pale lemony gold, it’s fresh, light and lively, with white fruit aro­mas and hints of peach and pear. Dry and a lit­tle bit earthy, with a fresh palate and flo­ral un­der­tones, you can also savour the sim­plic­ity of en­joy­ing it in an Ap­erol Spritz, the Ital­ian way, cin cin! Lead­ing cava pro­ducer Freix­enet have re­leased their first Ital­ian sparkling rose. The strik­ing cut-glass bot­tle will bring more than a level of lux­ury and the del­i­cate pale salmon pink with fra­grant aro­mas of sum­mer fruits and light­weight, easy-go­ing palate will make you want to dance the night away. If you want to in­spire thoughts of a care­free, al-fresco life­style and take your Ital­ian ‘pink’ jour­ney to the next level, this pretty rose fizz has a be­guil­ing opales­cence. With gen­tle aro­mat­ics, a lovely soft mousse, sub­tle berry fruits on the per­sis­tently el­e­gant palate and a fresh grace­ful fin­ish, it’s more aper­i­tivos on the ter­race than pool­side quaffing. The Luc Be­laire range al­ways looks the part and fash­ion­istas will love this clear bot­tle, em­bossed with gold foil. A blend of the re­gion’s two fa­mous grapes, chardon­nay and pinot noir, the wine opens up with white flower blos­som and pear aro­mas with a trace of brioche, and the trop­i­cal fruit flavours glide ef­fort­lessly along with a hint of lime on the fresh fin­ish. Per­fect for a gar­den party. Home-grown English fizz is right on-trend, and an im­pres­sive line-up of judges at the Wine GB awards prized Lang­ham with a gold medal for their Clas­sic Cu­vee. A blend of cham­pagne grapes, it has red ap­ple and brioche on the nose, with at­trac­tive or­chard fruits, melon and poached pear char­ac­ters and a tin­gling lemon acid­ity on the fin­ish. When it comes to liq­uid his­tory, Cham­pagne Hen­riot have been turn­ing out fine fizz for gen­er­a­tions, and this pale pink rose with cop­per high­lights con­tains a high per­cent­age of grand cru chardon­nay, which makes it ex­tra spe­cial.

It ‘ex­udes rasp­ber­ries with a straw­ber­ries-and-cream se­duc­tive­ness, fol­lowed by freshly squeezed lemon, pink grape­fruit and man­darin or­ange’, as the award-win­ning wine­maker sug­gests. A won­der­ful gift — or bet­ter still, treat your­self with the flavours and fragrance of sum­mer in a glass.

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