FOR a Mother’s Day treat that’s lovely jubbly, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of bubbly.
And a drop of fizz doesn’t have to cost a fortune, with plenty of super special-occasion sparklers on store shelves for under a tenner.
So which are the best bottles for your buck? Drinks expert Helena Nicklin, of The Three Drinkers podcast and TV show, gives Laura Stott her marks out of five for some bargain sparkling wines for raising a glass to Mum next Sunday.
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M&S Blanquette de Limoux NV, £10
BLANQUETTE is a best-kept budget bubbly secret. These are exceptionally good-value bubbles, soft and peachy in the flute with notes of green apple, pear and white peach. It’s gorgeous with seafood and a winner with roast chicken, or just solo to toast Mum.
Lidl Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, £8.99
IF your mum loves Sauvignon Blanc, this sparkling offering is the perfect gift. Bold and bright, this is supercharged Sauvignon, with that citrusy, grassy zip at maximum and a lovely fizz in the flute. Very moreish, it will slay a green salad and is great with goat’s cheese.
Marks & Spencer Mumosa, £5
MADE for Mother’s Day, Mumosa is a fun spin on Mimosa — or Buck’s Fizz, as we call it. It’s a sweet and spritzy blend of sparkling wine with raspberry flavours and orange juice. Purse-friendly and worth it for the pretty packaging and fun label alone.
Aldi Organic Prosecco Rosé, £8.49
AN organic offering from Aldi, this pink Prosecco is made with the luscious Glera grape and a pinch of polished Pinot Noir and offers gorgeous gluggability. Simple, sweet and frothy with notes of ripe strawberry and a slick of citrus, it tastes as delicious as it looks.
Sainsbury’s Cava Brut Nature, £6.50
THIS Cava packs a real flavour punch, especially for its bargain price. On the palate there’s smoky pineapple, baked apple and a chalky finish. And the “Nature” on the label means no sugar added, which boosts the zing. At this price it’s an absolute steal.
Morrisons Cremant de Limoux Rosé, £12
TREAT your mum to this high quality pink French fizz. It tastes just like champagne but its value for money is off the scale. Sassy and dry, with savoury, wild strawberry flavour, it’s awesome on its own as a cheeky glass of fizz or with smoked salmon.
Aldi Specially Selected Sparkling Shiraz, £7.49
RED fizz? Why not! This Aussie classic combines silky, spicy and soft Shiraz with the freshness of cool fizz. Black cherry and cocoa flavours make it a cracking combo paired with chocolate. Red sparkling wine is a real talking point and makes a unique prezzie.
Morrisons La Gioiosa Rosea Spumante, £9.99
NOT a Prosecco, despite its Venetian birthplace, this delightful Italian fizz is great on its own or with food. Fruity and flowery with a red cherry tang, it goes well with salty snacks, tart tomato and oily olives. One sip and Mum will feel all the love for you. Bellissima!