Wines of the Times: put a sparkle into Mother's Day

Dorset Echo: Wines of the Times: put a sparkle into Mother's Day Wines of the Times: put a sparkle into Mother's Day

WE just can’t get enough of the pink stuff it seems. Latest figures show that at the end of 2010, the UK was the top of the pops export market for rosé champagne. And who can blame us?

No longer is it now seen as a frivolous and fluffy alternative to regular champagne but is a far more serious proposition with myriad styles now being available to the ever-savvy customer. So keep in the pink this week with one of our top picks.

Stormhoek Sparkling Rose Moscato NV £11.99 down to £4.99 until March 18 Morrisons

A fun and fresh Moscato full of sweet red cherry and candy floss flavours. Perfect with fruit desserts.

Cordoníu Vintage Rosado 2009 £13.99 Tesco

Classic pink Cava from the ever-reliable Cordoníu stable. Showing nice a depth of strawberry and citrus fruit flavours. The red monastrell and pinot noir grapes whose skins have been in contact with the juice provide the vibrant pink hue.

Jacquart Brut Mosaïque Rosé NV £32.50 greatwesternwines.co.uk (additional 20% off 12 bottles)

A deliciously more-ish rosé champagne made from a blend of classic champagne varietals chardonnay, pinot meunier and pinot noir which culminate in a soft, creamy bottle of fizz with cherry and berry flavours and a delicious freshness that makes you reach for that second glass… Nicolas Feuillatte Cuvée 225 Rosé 2004 £45 John Lewis

Named after the 225 litre oak ‘barriques’ where the champagne was aged, this is rosé champagne at its most serious and structured. With heady aromas of strawberries and cream at the fore which lead into rich flavours of redcurrants and morello cherries. Enjoy with a venison wellington to really spoil Mum!

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