If you've noticed how warm it has been lately and you're anything like us, you'll also have experienced an overwhelming thirst come over you that can only be sated by something ice cold and bubbly. Lemonade is always an option, but it's hardly going to set the world on fire! What you need is some sparkling wine to cool you down, loosen you up and help you through this summer weather! We have two fabulous new sparklers in for you to make a start on. First up is the 2011 Bride Valley (£29.95), produced in Dorset by Steven and Bella Spurrier. Some of you may have heard of Steven Spurrier, one of the wine world's most prominent experts and wine writers. A riot of green apples and pears, we think their 2011 is an outstanding example of an English sparkling wine and an absolute must for the summer - it was certainly very popular at our last wine tasting!
Also new in is the Charles Smith Secco Italian Bubbles (£11.95). Those of you who have tried some of Charles Smith's wines like his Boom Boom Syrah or his Kung Fu Girl Riesling will know that his wines are quite extraordinary, and this is certainly that! Made in Italy with help from his Italian wife, this is a lovely fresh sparkling Chardonnay, perfect for an impromptu evening barbeque or a cooling accompaniment to a light lunch. We recommend you serve this properly chilled, and frequently!
If you're planning a summer party, how about looking to Spain for a fantastic Cava? Think beyond what is on offer in the supermarkets - there are some superb Cava's available if you look off piste, and we're pretty good at helping folk go off piste. Our Vilarnau Cava (£10.95) is a superb example of this Spanish fizz, and is fantastic value for money. Perfect for keeping guest's glasses brimming with bubbles!
We have a growing range of sparkling wine from all over the world, plus a fantastic champagne selection too, including smaller boutique producers such as Deutz and Billecart Salmon. You can have a browse through our range online, but whatever you need to help you through the summer, we're here to help and look forward to seeing you in store soon!
Don't forget, all our wines are available to buy online and can be incorporated into fantastic hampers in our create your own hamper section!