- Category: Sparkling Wine Sparkling Wine
- Published: 22 November 2017 22 November 2017
It might feel like a bit of a throw back but this humbly priced Martini Asti spumante is a supermarket bargain. More relaxed as fizz goes, with plenty of fresh peach aromas and fruity flavour, this low alcohol wine is the perfect after dinner tipple.
A good meal is satisfying in its own way but sometimes it is the post meal drinks that dictate the mood of the rest of the evening. If it is one of those gatherings when chatter is in full flow, the taste buds are attuned to pleasure and the glassware is sparkling, then a liberal pouring of this Martini Asti will keep the party in motion.
At only 7% a.b.v. it is unlikely that you’ll see any heady alcohol rushes or inaptly spoken tongue twisters. It has plenty of our favourite attribute: "one more glass syndrome". At this price there really is no excuse not to keep a dozen bottles under the stairs!
£9.00 from Tesco (click here to buy)
Add your name to our confidential database to receive more tips from Secret sommelier:
Back in Galicia: Sacred steps on the pilgrims path to fine wine
The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.
Interview: (Re)Defining the Entre-Deux-Mers, climate change & tasting with Stephane Dupuch
Driving into the Entre-Deux-Mers region from the north, the vineyards roll out like a bright green deep-pile carpet across the undulating land. It’s hard not to be excited about tasting wines with so much heritage, as we head to Chateau-Sainte-Marie to meet with 5th generation owner, Stéphane Dupuch.
Wine tasting in northern Catalonia in the foothills of the Pyrenees
It’s been a hot couple of weeks here trekking around northern Catalonia. From the homeland and backdrop to surrealist Salvador Dali’s world to dramatic remnants of the volcano park an hour away, this place is a land of rough-hewn vistas and rustic hospitality.
AOC Ventoux is breaking through
It’s a scorching summer evening in Regent’s Park and what is my glass is of premium importance. The fact that Britain is experiencing a thorough multi-day licking from the sun, is itself unconventional, as are the pourers at this evenings tasting: 4 wine producers from the appellation AOC Ventoux in the southern Rhone.
Talking food and wine & Carluccio's motto: "MOF MOF"
Carluccio's deli and restaurants are a high-street staple, where great flavours in food blend easily with quality wines on the list. Following the death of the charismatic founder, Antonio Carluccio, his spirit lives on in style and philosophy. Nick Breeze talks to Head of International Operations (especially where wine is concerned!), Mike Stocks about wine-list tips, food matching and the great man of "mof mof":