Wines for a wedding

Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2014, Swartland

Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2014, Swartland

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My eldest son got married last weekend, so which wines does a wine columnist choose for the big day?

When it came to fizz it had to be English sparkling. What’s happening up on the downs is so exciting with a great future – a bit like the happy couple!

Hambledon Classic Cuvée (hambledonvineyard.co.uk £28.50) has appeared in this column before but it’s drinking brilliantly right now and recently won the coveted trophy for best English non-vintage sparkling wine at the International Wine Challenge.

Red? Rioja is generally a crowd-pleaser and Vina Pomal Crianza 2012, Rioja (Majestic £10.49, Ocado £9.99) is 100 per cent tempranillo and aged American oak, with black fruits, a touch of liquorice. Importantly it is approachable with supple tannins.

Top Tipple? Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2014, Swartland (£10.99 sawinesonline.co.uk, £10.10 Hermitage Cellars). Chenin blanc is a versatile grape and more food-friendly than sauvignon blanc. Given the quality this is brilliant value and works well as an aperitif as well as with seafood.

Alistair Gibson is proprietor of Hermitage Cellars, Emsworth. Call (01243) 431002 or e-mail alistair@hermitagecellars.co.uk.

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