Apparently we’re drinking too much Prosecco and as a result there might be a shortage over the summer.
Last year, for the first time, we spent more on this Italian sparkler than we did on Champagne, buying 28 million bottles – more than Cava and Champagne combined. So here are a few alternatives to see you through the season.
Cordorniu Gran Cremant Vintage Brut, Cava (Co-op £9.99) is made by one of the largest Cava producers from traditional local grapes. It’s elegant with fresh apple and lemon fruit and a nicely-balanced finish.
Graham Beck Brut NV, South Africa (Waitrose £10.49 until June 30) is one of the Cape’s best sparklers. This has real complexity, with a fine mousse and a long finish. Classy.
This week’s top tipple is Seaview Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV, Australia (Majestic £11.99, but £7.99 when you buy two). Great to see this fizz available again, one of the first Aussie wines I cut my teeth on in the 1980s and it’s still as good as I remember. Made from a blend of Champagne grapes, it is soft with citrus fruits and a creamy finish. Perfect as an aperitif and great value. Probably all you need for your summer fizz.
Alistair Gibson is proprietor of Hermitage Cellars, Emsworth. Call 01243 431002.