Our resident wine expert Diana Thompson shares her top fizz, rosé, and white wine recommendations for Mother’s Day celebrations
Sainsbury’s Crémant De Loire Rosé NV, from £11
Crémant is produced in a number of regions in France and it’s well worth looking out for especially since it offers extremely good value. The regulations insist that all Crémant is made in the same traditional bottle fermented method as Champagne yet it’s a fraction of the price. This Crémant De Loire is part of Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference range and is a delicious sparkling rosé bursting with summer red berries and a lingering delicate finish. A great celebratory fizz and a perfect partner for smoked salmon.
Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé Champagne NV, from £40
A legendary Champagne made using all three of the classic Champagne varieties, predominantly Pinot Noir for elegance and colour along with Pinot Meunier for structure and Chardonnay for that touch of richness. It has fabulous aromas of red berries and a deliciously long finish. This Rosé is widely available for around £40.
La Grille Pinot Noir Rosé, Loire, France 2016, from £9.99
The Loire Valley is renowned for producing fresh white wines with deliciously fresh acidity. However, the region also produces some excellent reds and this rosé gives the best of both worlds. Offering light and fresh red berries on the nose, these strawberry and raspberry characters follow through on the palate leaving you with a long refreshing finish and a hint of spice. It’s also excellent value, available at Majestic for £9.99.
Marqués de los Rios Rioja Reserva 2015, from £11
White Rioja is not as well known as its red counterpart which is surprising given how superb it is. This is a Morrisons own label example which is utterly delicious. It has a fantastic nose of elegant ripe fruit; a touch of baked apples and a rounded nuttiness on the finish which goes on and on and on. Morrisons currently have this on offer for £11 until 9 March.