“Wanna see some magic? OK, let’s watch them disappear.” Willie, Bad Santa
La Biancara Garg`n`go Sparkling, Gambellara, Veneto, Italy
Delicious and brilliant value sparkling Garganega with crunchy refreshing green apple fruit, intense minerality and a hint of spice on the nose and the palate.
Pairing: Perfect as an aperitif or with smoked fish, or fresh cheese.
Aphros Phaunus Pet Nat Rose, Ponte De Lima, Vinho Verde, Portugal
(50% Alvarelhão, 50% Vinhão)
Fresh and lively, with a lovely pale-pink hue and lots of crunchy red fruit. Grapefruit, flowers, intense acidity, fresh, not to cloudy.
Pairing: Sushi, Piri-Piri chicken, sea food.
Intellego Hey Mila Pet Nat, Paardeberg, Swartland, SA
A glorious salmon pink petillant naturel made from 100% Mourvedre by South Africa's Intellego, legends in the local natural wine scene. Fresh, dry and spicy, it is a great aperitif and one to start the party!
Pairing: Charcuterie and cheese.
Little Pomona, Disco Nouveau, Bromyard, Herefordshire, England
(Pink-fleshed, Discovery apples – aka Disco)
Discovery (Disco for short) is a variety with a distinct personality and they set out to capture all its vibrancy. It has a pink marbling to the flesh, sometimes slight, sometimes quite pronounced, and the maceration has helped draw this out, resulting in a cider is peachy pink. On the nose it captures the whole apple – skin to core – and follows with strawberry and apple-lassi style flavours on the palate. It’s dry, bright and super fresh with a gentle, creamy sparkle.
Pairing: Disco Nouveau will be match with a Raclette very well, but also with fine modern vegetarian food – like risotto primavera or roasted courgettes with young goat cheese.
Le Roc Ambulle Negrette Petillant, Fronton, South West France
Zero added sulphur slimline goodie is dark pink and discernibly sweet. It is petillant and has nice mousse and oozes sweet cherries, raspberries and pear-drops.
Pairing: Perfect as an aperitif or with dessert.
Chateau Tour Des Gendres, Petillant Naturel, Ribagnac, France.
(Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc)
A fresh and fruity sparkling wine with low alcohol, light sweetness and a delicious refreshing taste. This bottle is a natural progression for Prosecco drinkers looking for something a little more interesting, while still being easy and fun to drink. Bright with acidity and tart orchard fruit, think underripe white peach, which balances the slight sweetness at the front. The finish is bone dry, with lovely clean minerality.
Pairing: Ideal as an aperitif.