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Something special to toast Mum

Neil Courtier
Neil Courtier

Sometimes buying wine for someone else is as simple as putting yourself in their shoes and choosing a bottle accordingly. When buying for Mum, take things up a notch and spoil her! Wines that are light enough to be enjoyed with brunch, from crisp sparkling wines and aromatic whites to refreshing rosés and silky reds.

Here are my recommendations.

Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut NV, £10.99 Aldi – Fresh, lemony aromas, with yellow-apple notes on the palate, the small bubbles bounce around the mouth and are supported by crisp acidity. Enjoy with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon at a lazy breakfast, or brunch.

Aldi’s Exquisite Collection Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2013, £4.99 – Citrus fruits to the fore on the nose and palate, with racy acidity and an attractive ripe-lemon fruit profile. Serve as an aperitif, or with fish / shellfish.

Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Marlborough, New Zealand, £9.99 (£7.49 until March 15) Co-Operative Stores – Brilliant trophy winning Sauvignon Blanc. Grapefruit and guava combine, with nervy acidity and mouth-watering mineral finish. Delicious and would drink beautifully with scallops.

McWilliams Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2014 New South Wales, Australia, £12 Marks & Spencer – Cool climate, high altitude Chardonnay, that’s complex and delicious. Appley, lemony, with a nice bite of acidity, along with subtle nutty tones. Drink with creamy pasta/seafood pasta bake/risotto, or roast chicken.

La Vieille Ferme Rosé 2015 Vin de France, £6.99 (£5.99 until March 15) Co-Operative Stores – A pretty rosé, sporting a pale pink hue. Aromatic, almost floral aromas, with red-fruits and citrus under. Very well balanced, it’s just off-dry, with youthful acidity leading to good length.

Castillo de Covanegra Reserva 2010, Spain, £7.99 (£5.99 until March 15) Co-Operative Stores – A bold blend of Monastrell and Tempranillo, with plummy flavours, vanilla, ripe tannins and smooth texture. Enjoy with slow-cooked lamb.

Brouilly Tour De La Terriere 2014, France, £ 9.99 (mix six £8.99) Majestic – Textbook Beaujolais Cru, redcurrants, raspberries and cherry flavours, juicy and silky in the mouth. Try with cured meats and crusty bread.

Extra Special Asti, Piedmont, Italy, £5.48 Asda – Typical Asti aromas of fresh juicy grapes, light-bodied, sparkling, Moscato grape flavours and sweetness balanced by a crisp acid. Serve with lemon cake/Madeira, or vanilla and strawberry cake.

-- Neil is a freelance wine educator and writer. He runs wine courses and tutored tastings for groups and individuals, in Bury and Cambridge. More details: 1359 270318/ grapesense1@aol.com /grapesense.com

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