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Beginning in Italy with Prosecco. Or not… Rivolto Zanotto Vino Bianco Spumante Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy (£10 Vino Beano) Fresh, satisfying fizz, not massively complex but scores for its dry caramel and green apple flavours, dangerously moreish… B+   And another Italian I didn’t film… Il Serraglio Saliceto Buzzalino […]

Sparkling Wine Round-Up


Not yer average bottles, so are these not yer average wines…? Freixenet Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy (£12 Ocado) Gentle, friendly style with a toffee-like edge to the ripe green apple and pumice-stone flavours, not massively complex, but slips down easily. B Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve “Floral Sleeve” NV, France […]

Can you, should you judge a wine by its cover?


Not much more expensive than the regular Canard-Duchêne, and a major step up in quality Champagne Canard-Duchêne Parcelle 181 Extra Brut NV, France (£37.99 Champagne One, Champagnes and Chateaux) Fresh, elegant style, dainty on its feet, with notes of fresh and crystallised pineapple and a hint of orange peel set […]

Champagne Canard-Duchêne Parcelle 181 Extra Brut NV, France



LaCheteau Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé NV, France (£14.99 Ocado) Young vibrant, style, with lots of rich creamy red fruit flavour and yeasty bite, can’t fault it for depth of flavour, but it’s not the most subtle of sparklers… B(-) Champagne Gremillet Rosé Brut NV, France (£24.99 WineTrust100) This is […]

Two Sparkling French Rosés from the Loire and Champagne



Champagne Bruno Paillard Rosé Première Cuvée NV, France (£47-£58 Selfridges, Spirited Wines, Wholefoods, The Whisky Exchange) Lovely wine, juicy red fruit flavours of cherry, cranberry and raspberry, with hints of blackcurrant and green apple in there too, and while it’s brisk and fresh, there’s also some toasty maturity, and great […]

Champagne Bruno Paillard Rosé Première Cuvée NV, France