Royal Wedding bubbles…… suggestions for Harry & Meghan

Not that Meghan needs any more #marklesparkle.. not at all….


But what are they going to serve at the wedding? William and Kate served Chapel Down Brut Rosé at their 2011 wedding so, perhaps not this again. Sibling rivalry and all that…  Yes, Laurent-Perrier holds a royal warrant and it is a great Champagne, but that should certainly not be factored into the choice. This is a wedding that respects convention while making it clear that boundaries have been redrawn. Let’s face it, Prosecco is still being imbibed in ever-increasing quantities and qualities too. But perhaps it is now a tad ‘everyday’ for such a momentus occasion.

Maybe it should be one of Australia’s finest fizzes. Arras Grand Vintage is a serious contender and, well, Australia is still part of the Commonwealth. And perhaps after Brexit there will be a flush of Australian fizz on British shelves so Harry & Meghan could just be getting in early! (I am all for this one!!)

However, this is still very much a British ‘do’ so, of course the bubbles should also be British. Happily, there are some excellent English bubbles to be found. These days I would also advocate that there are some interesting still wines to be found as well, particularly amongst the white wines on offer. Lucky for the rabble not attending the formal celebrations, rabble such as myself who will just have to contend with watching it on the tele at their own ‘do’, chances are that these days you should be able to find an English fizz on the supermarket shelf or at least in Majestic.

So here is the first two suggestions for my best English bubbles for any Royal Wedding celebration:

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee.

Chapel Down Kit’s Coty Blanc de Blanc 2013

Click on the link for the review. Tomorrow, I will add another suggestion to the list. Cheers to the happy couple….


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Peter Lehmann Wigan Riesling 2012

PL-wigan-wmThe Wigan is named after winemaker Andrew Wigan and hails from the well drained, higher altitude soils of South Australia’s, Eden Valley. The Valley is one of Australia’s best regions for fine expressions of Riesling, the classic German grape. It is known for its lush aromas, ripeness and often floral overtones. This is one of Australia’s most highly awarded Rieslings.

Pre-cellared for 5 years already on release it shows some honeyed toastiness amongst the ripe lime juice and zest. Some floral prettiness was showing as well. But in the mouth, the beauty of this wine shone with a soft acid that was evenly balanced out. That soft line of acid drives Read More

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4 reasons to buy your wine from Lidl ….


This month, Lidl has released their Spring seasonal range which lands in store on 25th January. The range of fizz, whites and reds are sourced from both new and old world wine regions with a particular focus on South America, South Africa, Austria, Italy, Spain and Portugal  plus a special sweetie from Canada.

Here are some highlights from their white collection. Get these early before they sell out and I would stock up for summer now…..Lidl-vern

Podere Macinatico Vernaccia di San Gimignano2016 £7.49 – A crisp Italian white that tastes like summer in a glass.  Read More

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V is for Viura – 5 Spanish whites you should try!

Luis-canas-rioja-wmOne of the Spanish native white grape trio that contributes to the blend used for Spain’s sparkling wine, Cava, is the grape Macabeo. One of Spain’s popular, and versatile, white grape varieties which has also found a home in Southern France. In the premium wine region of Rioja, a region better known for some of Spain’s best red wines, Macabeo is also known as Viura. It is in this region, with access to fruit from older vines, that the grape can produce some of its finest expressions.

A decade ago, I would have said that you would have almost needed an insider’s knowledge on where to buy a white Rioja as I found they were few and far between outside of Spain. And sometimes when you did find a white Rioja, they lacked interest or worse, they were out of condition. With the availability of investment for Spanish wine producers, the white wines of Rioja are shining bright.  Read More

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Prosecco – Italian for refreshment in a glass

fizzThere is very little that Australian wine growers & winemakers will not try their hand at. Partly, this is due to the ‘patchwork quilt’ flow of settlers, each bringing knowledge of their own traditional grapes with them if not the vines themselves. More recently, it has been increasingly driven by the Australian love of exploration as much as any other reason.

Prosecco is but one of these newer arrivals that have found a home in Australia. It was adopted by the vignerons Read More

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