M&S has a superb sparkling wine range from around the world, with ‘grower Champagne‘ a particular strength.
A couple of recommendations from the recent press tasting include:
Herbert Beaufort, Grand Cru NV Champagne. A serious sparkler from a top producer. Fuller style, the mainly Pinot Noir blend gives weight and richness. Complex and effortlessly elegant. One for sipping with someone special and well worth £32.00 against bigger names.
Umani Ronchi, Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, 2011. In a sea of insipidity, you often long for something different, lively and cheerful. This bright, vibrant Italian red from an indigenous, aromatic red grape is like your gay best friend – guaranteed to cheer you up and make you smile. Delicious, perfect for spicy food and gourmet antipasti. £11.99.
M&S justifiably scoops many awards including Innovator of the Year at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) 2012 awards.
With the UK’s drawers full of M&S smalls, you can rest assured their wines are as reliable as their undies. See the website for all wines.
(photo – Rene Drivers, Flickr Creative Commons)