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Sassy White Wines

Pique-Nique (France)

Bubbly’s take…

Yes, we did have to Google Translate the name of this wine and yes – it does mean “Picnic”. This striking white wine is produced by Benjamin Darnault, who is something of a prodigal wine-maker from France.

We tried the 2019 Pique-Nique, which is a real ‘no-nonsense’ white wine. It has a rich and floral flavour. This wine is, however, not too tart – glass after glss, it’s pleasant and very agreeable. We also think this one would make a great cooking wine, perhaps being a fitting addition to a paella recipe. A well-rounded white wine at a very reasonable price.

Would go well with…

Those midweek nights that call for great white wine without any fuss. Best served well-chilled!

Where to buy…

Naked Wines

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Classy Crémants

Cave de Turkheim Crémant d’Alsace (France)

Bubbly’s take…

We think this is a wonderful Crémant! It’s a very pleasant wine that greets the palate with soft, lemony flavour. This wine is distinctive yet not overpowering. It has a refreshing and memorable profile but it’s certainly not overwhelming. This Crémant is also very reasonably priced, which makes it – in our humble opinion – an excellent buy.

Would go well with…

We would like to say most things. French, Italian or Spanish cuisine would make a fitting pairing for this particular Crémant. This wine could also probably tolerate a milder curry (…. i.e. not a vindaloo!).

Where to buy…

Waitrose

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Classy Crémants

Cuvée Royale Crémant de Limoux (France)

Bubbly’s take…

This one is quite a potent Crémant. Another Limoux-produced sparkling, the Cuvée Royale conjures a bold and solid taste. We think this one would be best-suited to more seasoned purveyors of Crémant, who would appreciate this wine’s strong and layered flavour.

Would go well with…

We think this Crémant’s strength also gives it versatility. It should pair well with most dishes and it is also a fitting apéritif.

Where to buy…

Waitrose

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Timeless Champagnes

Champagne Monopole Heidsieck & Co Blue Top Brut

Bubbly’s take…

This is a pleasant Champagne that offers remarkibly good value. We were really pleased to learn that the Heidsieck House recognises the intimate and timeless connection between good Champagne and great food. With a full and hearty palate of fruit, we think this Brut craves food. It comes out of the bottle with an enticing and golden shade that is sure to catch the eye. The Blue Top is an excellent choice if you’re after an engaging Cuvée that won’t break the bank.

Would go well with…

Fragrant pasta dishes. We enjoyed a couple of glasses of the Blue Top with some lovely Tuscan sausage pasta, pairing well with the dish’s fragrant flavours (of lemon and mustard).

Where to buy…

Tesco

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Classy Crémants

Crémant d’Alsace Paul Mittnacht (France)

Bubbly’s take…

A fair few years ago, there had been some talk (… and concern) of Alsace region wines becoming sweeter. While we’re certainly partial to a sweet dessert wine, we’re pleased to report this Crémant d’Alsace is conspicuously dry. The Crémant d’Alsace Paul Mittnacht is also reassuringly strong, with notes of honey and ripe fruit. Though a potent and effervescent sparkling, we found its palate was evocative of autumn and harvest. We think this is a fitting wine for those nights when you want some fizz but you’re not quite sure what… give this one a go!

Would go well with…

The Paul Mittnacht is a robust wine so we think this would pair well with even more pungent dishes. While we did enjoy this Crémant all by itself, we do think this one deserves, at the very least, some nice canapés or nibbles. Perhaps some cheese or smoked salmon?

Where to buy…

OddBins

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Sassy White Wines

Me & Monsieur Jones Blanc (France)

Bubbly’s take…

This quintessential white wine is made by a talented expatriate wine-maker in a sunny corner of southern France. When misfortune struck this winery, Angel Wines stepped in to get them back in business and refining their fare. This wine has a clean, delicate and citrussy flavour, being particularly refreshing when well-chilled.

Would go well with…

Itself. This is quite a gentle wine hence it’s perfectly pleasing on its own, not being overshadowed by other flavours. That being said, it might suit a lighter fish or pasta dish (Carbonara?). Otherwise, we think Me & Monsieur Jones would pair perfectly with a sunny afternoon in the garden with some friends.

Where to buy…

Angel Wines

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Timeless Champagnes

Champagne Jacquart Mosaique Brut

Bubbly’s take

Chic and smooth, this elegant Champagne hails from Reims. It pours from the bottle with a golden, effervescent buzz. This Brut possesses a characteristically-dry and fragrant flavour. It is not overpowering but reminiscent of everything that you would expect from a Champagne. Produced by the forward-thinking and refreshing Jacquart Champagne house, we feel this reasonably-priced wine should please most avid fans of fizz.

Would go well with

Most things. While this Brut is quite distinctive, we don’t think one should be deterred from enjoying this with food, afterall we had this Champagne with a rather delicious Mexican meze!

Where to buy…

Tesco

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Brassy Red Wines

Domaine les Cassanets (Sélection Parcellaire) Côtes du Rhône (France)

Bubbly’s take

Some evenings, life just cries out for good red wine. And on those evenings, this fabulous Côtes du Rhône will heed the call. This strong and medium-bodied wine is full of character and depth. It has layers of flavour and reeks of sophistication. This is what the Old World is all about!

Would go well with

Cheese, lots of it! We think this wine craves food and would also make a wonderful accompaniment to heartier dishes.

Where to buy

Laithwaite’s Wine

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Sassy White Wines

JP Chenet Sauvignon Blanc (France)

Bubbly’s take

Can you not tell from the size of the bottle?? We picked this one up when it was our turn to cook and we needed to make pasta in flash (- a nice linguine recipe from Gino D’Campo). This punchy and fruity Sauvignon Blanc is widely available, and brought a deep and quenching flavour to dinner. Our only regret was not buying a bigger bottle. It’s the sort of wine to have when friends come over for a meal – you can use it as an apéritif, you can sip it while you’re cooking and you may even be able to add a splosh or two to your simmering dish.

Would go well with

Well, we used it to make a fishy linguine. We found this Sauvignon Blanc provided some balance to the not-so-subtle sardine, lemon and chilli we added to this (… we absolutely did deviate from recipe but that’s the way we cook!). Consequently, when used as an ingredient, we believe this wine can hold its own against stronger flavours. Even when used as a serving wine, we feel this is capable of reconciling itself with other heavier pasta-based dishes (- think lasagne, cannelloni or ravioli).

Where to buy

Tesco

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Sassy White Wines

La Burgondie Bourgogne Aligoté (France)

Bubbly’s take

This crisp white wine is produced by a relatively new wine cooperative that harvests wine across a large region extending between Dijon and Lyon, with an express and equitable commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability. The Aligoté carries a fresh, brisk and lemony flavour. It’s a refreshingly dry wine that is a pleasure to drink when suitably chilled.

Would well with…

Cheese. We were very pleased to both drink and cook with this wine. The Aligoté made a perfect addition to a traditional Swiss-style fondue, reconciling several rather flavoursome cheeses in a rich and satisfying meal (which we also enjoyed with some fizz!):

Where to buy

Tesco