Be it a gift for a novice or a wine geek – our top 5 have you covered.
Knowing what bottle of English Sparkling Wine to gift can be daunting. You might not want to spend £60 on a top bottle that your host doesn’t notice or appreciate. Likewise, you may be nervous about bringing something that your wine geek friend will sneer at. But fear not. We’ve sipped our way through plenty of drinks parties to know what goes down well with different crowds.
Here’s our top 5 to see you through this season.
The English Sparkling Wine Gift For Drinks Parties
Rathfinny Classic Cuvee 2018
This classic Champagne style English Sparkling Wine is wonderfully versatile and a real crowd pleaser. At £31 it’s one of the least expensive wines you can buy outside the supermarket. It’s a lovely aperitif wine and pairs well with lots of different dishes from clams to charcuterie. Super sippable whatever the occasion or time of year.
Tasting Notes: a pinot-dominated blend with chiselled flavours of citrus, apricots and hints of cream.
The English Fizz Gift For English Wine Converts
Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2018
Gusbourne is the most awarded winery in the country and one of a handful of producers with brand recognition. All their wines are delicious and showcase the category brilliantly. As such a wine from Gusbourne is a great introduction to English wine. If you are gifting on the hoof, you can pick up a bottle of their special edition made for Waitrose. However, if you have time to plan, we highly recommend Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2018. Best in Show at the 2023 Decanter World Wine Awards this is one of just 50 wines out of more than 18 thousand worldwide to win such an accolade. It never fails to impress.
Tasting notes: Elegant and crisp, this wine is full of citrus aromas, with lemon, pink grapefruit and orange zest, followed by notes of green apple and white flowers.
The English Sparkling Wine Gift For Aficionados
The Trouble With Dreams 2018
This wine is made by Dermot Sugrue arguably the best sparkling winemaker in England. He’s worked for many others, but Sugrue South Downs is his own project, and the results are world class. Dermot is a a darling of the wine industry and his wines consistently win top awards and get outstanding reviews. This latest release of The Trouble With Dreams is an absolute classic from the 2018 golden vintage. Full of ripeness, poise and precision this is a wine that will wow anyone who receives it.
Tasting notes: This Chardonnay dominant English Sparkling Wine is light golden in colour. Wonderful citrussy notes of lemon balanced with notes of brioche. A creamy mouthfeel with plenty of complex layers of stewed apple and spice.
The English Fizz Gift For Foodies
Exton Blanc De Blancs 2014
This Wine GB gold medal winner is a stunning example of the superb quality of English Wine coming from Hampshire’s famed chalky, south facing slopes. The very same soils as in Champagne. It’s a gastronomic wine that’s perfect for gourmet experiences. A chef section on their website has next level food and wine pairing suggestions – with recipes!
Tasting notes: 100% Chardonnay: textured and complex with ripe yellow fruits and lemon curd. More crushed almond and brioche towards the profound finish.
The English Sparkling Wine Gift For A 10 Year Anniversary
Digby Fine English 2013 Vintage Reserve Brut
What better gift for a 10 year anniversary than a bottle of 10 year old English Sparkling Wine? Digby Fine English 2013 Vintage Reserve Brut impresses anyone who receives it. This is a multi-award winning wine achieving the ultimate accolade of Best Sparkling Supreme Champion in the 2023 GB Wine Awards.
Tasting notes: This is a crisp and taut wine full of citrus and green apple fruits. Balance is created by deep levels of flavour from the 35% Pinots on the lingering finish.
A Final Thought:
English Sparkling Wine regularly beats Champagne in blind tastings. Quite simply we make some of the best bubbles in the world.
And yet 99% of the wine we drink in the UK is imported.
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