Somewhere in between trying to be a better human than I am and succumbing to being the prat I can occasionally be, I drink.
I’m not going to sugar coat anything, here. I drink most days – I try to not drink every day so sometimes I’ll have an “every second day” week, some weeks I don’t drink at all and others will be 6 out of 7 days.
It’s not healthy, I’m aware of that. I enjoy wine a bit too much. Tonight, it’s rosé (and it’s a delightful rosé – fresh, dry, the right shade of peach with a subtle nose and an incredibly powerful strawberry and pomegranate palate followed by zesty basil and lemongrass) but most nights it’s white wine, occasionally red and sometimes I have bubbles.
That’s where I lose myself.
I… love… bubbles
Sparkling Wine, Sparkling Rosé, Spakling Red, Cava, Prosecco, Champagne – all of it. If there’s a sparkle, I’m enthralled.
I’ve been blessed in my job to have tried many more than I can afford and to be able to afford more than the average person while also having the knowledge to be able to always choose well.
Some make the mistake of thinking that sparklings are only for special occasions – I say that every day is special, treat it that way. The biggest crime against wine that people commit is keeping one for far too long. As a rule: reds age well, mostly. Certain whites will age but not Sauv Blanc or Pinot Gris/Grigio or sweet wines with the exception of dessert wine.
The rule with bubblies is this: if it’s a vintage with a year stamped on the label it will age but the length will depend on quality – always research it. A non vintage (a wine with no year stated on the label) will give you 18 months tops. Do not keep them. They are made to be drunk so do just that.
I’ve enjoyed many sparkling wines. My all-time favourites are: Fresita Chilean Strawberry Sparkling, Henkell Trocken Dry Sekt, Georg Jensen, Piper Heidseick NV Champagne, Bollinger NV Champagne, Ca Bolani Prosecco, Leasingham Sparkling Shiraz, Cristal, Piper Heidseick Rare and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blanc.
When you feel the need to sparkle, do yourself a favour and do it with one of these.