We all love sparkling glass full of bubbles, there is nothing quite like a sip of fizz to celebrate any occasion.
Here we round up our favourite sparkling wines, pop a cork and pour yourself a glass of happiness, there has never been a better time to celebrate simply being alive.
After an open and enticing nose of strawberry liquorice, the wine reveals rich fruit characters on the palate, including white peach and the rich plum flavours given by the Pinot Noir. This well-balanced rosé is the perfect example of the complexity of the Exton Park Vineyard.
An elegant sparkling wine with something for everyone, with enticing aromas of candied lemon peel, bread and butter pudding and brioche on the nose. The palate is smooth with creamy lemon, savoury pastry on a biscuit base and a delicious marzipan finish!
For those who loves a glass of bubbly, the Tempus Two Copper Prestige Cuvée looks as good as it tastes. Its chic design and luxe taste will add some extra sparkle to any celebration.
Tasting notes: The vibrant wine has aromas of green apple and pear complemented by a fine creamy texture and a crisp, zesty finish. Pairing suggestions: Fresh seafood or as an aperitif. Stockist & RRP: Sainsbury’s, £16
For those looking to enjoy celebrations without the alcohol, McGuigan’s refreshing Zero Sparkling has lively bubbles with an attractive zesty crisp finish.
Tasting notes: Free from alcohol and full in flavour, featuring crisp pear and green apple notes. Pairing suggestions: Smoked salmon. Stockist & RRP: Morrisons, £5
Taittinger Brut Reserve NV
Renowned for its golden yellow colour with a consistent, fine, lingering mousse. Its elegance and lightness give it the flexibility to be the Champagne for all moments but it is always an excellent aperitif.
Roger Goulart Gran Reserva Cava 2012
Made with the classic Cava grape varieties Xarel.lo, macabeo and Parellada, each variety is vinified separately. This is a sparkling wine with great intensity of ripe white stoned fruit and wonderful complexity from 5 years ageing on its lees. Good acidity provides a refreshing and lasting finish.
Jenkyn Place Rosé 2014
RRP: £35 | Stockists: Jenkyn Place, Hawkins Bros, Real English Drinks House, Hic Wine Merchants Bin 21 Ltd, Christopher Piper Wines Ltd, Kingsgate Wines & Provisions, Magnum Fine Wines, Martinez Wines, Starmore & Boss, The Leamington Wine Company
Deliciously refreshing, showing savoury notes of fresh bread, citrus and brioche on the nose and bright, delicate flavours of rosehip, redcurrant and cranberry on the palate. This is a dry elegant sparkling rosé that will continue to evolve gracefully for many years to come. A beautiful English Sparkling wine
Wild Life Botanicals, a pioneering sparkling wine that is ultra-low in alcohol yet ultra-high in goodness. Crafted in Cornwall, Wild Life Botanicals is the first ultra-low, English-made sparkling wine – just one 125ml glass of Wild Life Botanicals delivers a minimum of 15% of thedaily reference intake of the active eight vitamins and minerals that are blended into the sparkling wine. With just 0.5% ABV and with over 60% fewer calories than Champagne or Prosecco. Available in ‘Nude’ or ‘Blush’ in 75cl or 20cl bottles from Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Daylesford Organic and wildlifebotanicals.co.uk from £4.50 per bottle.
Classic Reserve NV (£30 per bottle / £35 with Union Jack gift box)
Hattingley Valley’s Classic Reserve is pale gold in colour with delicate and fine long-lasting bubbles – the perfect celebratory drink. The beautifully complex bouquet combines aromas of green apples with creamy nougat, freshly baked brioche and delicate toasted notes from ageing in bottle. On the palate, the complexity continues with notes of soft lemon sherbet, biscuit and a subtle oak character. Refreshing and perfectly balanced, with a delightfully long finish.
Blanc de Blancs 2014 (£47.50)
Hattingley’s gorgeous new Blanc de Blancs 2014 is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, carefully selected from chalk vineyards in Sussex and Hampshire. Pale golden colour with a subtle green hue and persistent soft mousse, this Blanc de Blancs has vibrant citrus and green apple aromas layered with honey, nuts and hints of marzipan. The palate is beautifully balanced with refreshing crisp acidity and wonderfully integrated oak, that gives way to a creamy mouthfeel and long, complex finish.
Rathfinny’s new 2017 Classic Cuvée, just released on 1st May. This vintage is a blend of 65% Pinot Noir, 18% Chardonnay and 17% Pinot Meunier, representing ‘Rathfinny in a glass’ as these are the main grape varieties grown on the Sussex Estate.
This sparkling is light ochre in colour with a vibrant nose of red heirloom apples and baby ginger, giving way to a rich mousse of mirabelle plums and orange sherbet with a bright, pomelo finish. This sparling is perfect for warmer weather as it embodies the beauty of an English summer’s day – fruit-forward and very approachable. Stockist: Harvey Nichols, £29 RRP
Classically made English sparkling wines grown in coastal vineyards and produced by a small, dedicated team of winemakers in Herstmonceux, East Sussex. Made in vineyards in East Sussex, just three miles from the sea, Henners’ labels have been designed using the sights and sounds of the surroundings: bramble bushes, seagulls and vines. The wines are made by Collette O’Leary, a former PR who retrained as a winemaker.
The bottle’s foil coiffe is unique to Henners. Each cuvée is represented by a different colour which reflects the muted colour palette of the surrounding area: a mineral blue for ‘Brut’, a muted green for ‘Vintage’, a dusky pink for ‘Rosé’, and a clay colour for ‘Blancs de Blancs’. The coiffe also features a zoetrope illustration of a seagull in-flight, inside the tear strip. Henners is available now from independent retailers around the UK. The core range comprises:
- Henners Brut NV (Chardonnay 40%, Pinot Noir 35%, Pinot Meunier 25%) RSP: £30
- Henners Rosé (Pinot Meunier 65%, Pinot Noir 35%)
RSP : £38
- Henners Vintage (Chardonnay 70%, Pinot Noir 30%) – current vintage 2014
RSP : £38
This eco-conscious wine brand, has a brand new Prosecco Rosé which encourages us to show the planet some love. From the picturesque Veneto region of North-Eastern Italy, it is just ideal paired with light pasta dishes and seafood due to its red fruit vibrancy and refined flavour.