Are you hosting a Grand National gathering? If so, good news! Forecasters say the odds are (8/1) for a little sunshine with not too “Many Clouds”! Could it be time to dust the BBQ off and take the party outside?
A flutter and a fizz literally go hand in hand when it comes to the Grand National. It’s almost traditional to start off with a Champagne breakfast followed by an afternoon tea, again, served with Champagne. Inside the racecourse, Moet and Pannier will do their best to out glitter each other, much to the delight of the enthusiastic drinkers. If you are having a gathering, the choice of Champagnes and Proseccos can be dizzying. So here is our well curated selection of fizz which will make sure your bubbles are top of the pops.
Champagne Jacquesson: From £49.99 per bottle
Champagne Jacquesson is a very old champagne house which is sadly overlooked. In contrast to other houses, their ethos is to deliver the best possible blend each year, without getting hung up on consistency. Each year the flavour is unique, but the quality is always excellent.
Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label: From £35.00 per bottle
Hands up! Are you a label snob when it comes to serving Champagne? There is no shame in this, as long as you are enjoying the flavour and not just purchasing a status symbol! Of the better known Champagnes, this is our favourite. Fresh, rich and golden! Glug!
Hambledon Classic Cuvee: From £27.99 per bottle
A short while ago, serving a British sparkling wine would have been considered sacrilege, or at least a little embarrassing. However times have changed and in a recent blind test, Hambledon Classic Cuvee came first when pitched against well known names such as Taittinger and Verve Clicquot. It is all down to the chalky soils in Hampshire and Sussex and there are suggestions that the UK could soon be leading the way in terms of “Champagne”.
Nino Franco Prosecco Rustico £12.99 per bottle
If you are a fan of Prosecco, we suggest it might be time to trade up a little. The popularity of Prosecco in the UK, has seen the rise of cheaper brands, which are often a little thin, lack lustre and sometimes just plain nasty. Cheaper bottles are a great mixer for Bellini cocktails but if you really want to treat your taste buds, opt for Nino Franco Prosecco Rustico. Fresh and pearly, the way Prosecco is actually meant to be.
Jansz Premium Cuvee: From £12.95 per bottle
The geographic location of Janz Tasmania, is the only thing which stops this sparkling wine being classed as a top quality Champagne. Similarly to the Champagnes offered by Laurent Perrier the Jansz Premium Cuvee offers lingering notes of honeysuckle, citrus, roasted nuts and a sniff of strawberry! A first class bottle at a great price! HIC!
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