But don’t just to reach for the Prosecco – there are lots of al­ter­na­tives

EDP Norfolk - - BAKERS AND LARNERS - bak­er­sand­larn­ers.co.uk

Mother’s Day is a cause for cel­e­bra­tion, a time for a fine fizz or sparkling bot­tle. But rather than break­ing out the prosecco or the Cham­pagne, there’s much more to be dis­cov­ered in Bak­ers & Larn­ers’ fine wine depart­ment.

One ex­am­ple is South Africa’s Pon­grácz Desiderius Brut. This Chardon­nay and Pinot Noir Blend is hand-crafted us­ing the Cap Clas­sique method – the term used for wines from the Cape pro­duced us­ing the same tra­di­tional tech­niques as Cham­pagne. Light, yet com­plex, with notes of fruit and al­mond it’s per­fect for that spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

Pro­duc­ing grapes from its Sur­rey vine­yards is Greyfri­ars, a pro­ducer of fine English sparkling wines. Last year, hav­ing been awarded the pres­ti­gious IWSC Gold award for its 2014 Sparkling Rosé Re­serve and the IWSC Gold Out­stand­ing for its 2013 Blanc de Blancs, this par­tic­u­lar English wine maker has been go­ing from strength to strength since the es­tab­lish­ment of its Chardon­nay and Pinot Noir vine­yards in 1989.

There is no es­cap­ing the pop­u­lar­ity of gin in re­cent years. The months lead­ing up to spring see a resur­gence in the pop­u­lar­ity of rosé gin, typ­i­cally coloured by in­fu­sions such as straw­berry, rhubarb or grape­fruit and per­fect with an ac­com­pa­ny­ing mixer of your choice.

“When it comes to a wine or spirit gift for Mother’s Day, spec­ta­cle and cel­e­bra­tion are the key cri­te­ria,” says the store’s fine wine depart­ment ex­pert Pa­trick.

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