Tuesday 23 January 2018

It's playtime - the top tipples to sip during Wimbledon

Wimbledon season is the perfect time to enjoy champagne and fresh strawberries.
Wimbledon season is the perfect time to enjoy champagne and fresh strawberries.

10 strawberry-friendly drinks to serve up while watching Wimbledon

TASMANIAN ANGEL

Jansz Premium Cuvée, Tasmania, Australia 12pc

Lemon and nougat bouquet. Delicate and refined flavours of lemon and ripe apples. Seraphic.

€29.99 in Dublin: Baggot Street Wines; The Corkscrew, Chatham Street; Cheers Take Home, Palmerstown and Jus de Vin, Portmarnock

PINK PEARLS

The Rhona Brut Rosé, Cap Classique [Traditional Method], Graham Beck, Western Cape, South Africa 12pc

Pale pink with an even display of tiny bubbles made sparkling in the classiest method. Dry with a hint of lemon, cranberry and redcurrant. Float a strawberry to boost the bubbles. €22.50 at Marks & Spencer nationwide

OLYMPIC GOLD

Sparkling Brut, Coconova, Vale do Sao Francisco, Brazil 12pc

Moderate vigour of tiny bubbles delivering a creamy mousse.  Pure citrussy fruity lemon peel and flesh. This blanc-de-blancs Brazilian beauty is made from an eclectic blend of white grapes only — Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Verdejo.  

€13.29 at Marks & Spencer nationwide

THE DARK STAR

Engine Room Sparkling Shiraz, Shottesbrooke Vineyards, McLaren Vale, Australia 13.5pc

The initial shock of opaque maroon hides the sparkle once the purple spume subsides. Powerful blackberry pie scents.  Off-dry with a volley of ripe and jammy flavours. Serve chilled with Eton Mess topped with passionfruit.

€25.99 at Deveney’s, Dundrum; Gibney’s, Malahide, Jus de Vine, Portmarnock; Redmond’s, Ranelagh and Green Man, Terenure. Callan’s, Dundalk

STRAWBERRY’S BLONDE

Frizzante Extra Dry, McGuigan, South Eastern Australia 11pc

A gentle fizz with ripe apple and pear aromas and a fresh fruity pear sorbet palate. Serve to doubles splashed over a tennis ball size of strawberry ice-cream.

€12 at SuperValu nationwide and winesoftheworld.ie

PALE & INTERESTING

Sparkling Wine Brut, Cono Sur, Bio-Bio Valley, Chile 12pc

A steady stream of bubbles drives subtle yeasty aromas.  Tasty fresh baguette palate with a crisp lemony finish. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir — Deuce. 

€18.99 in Joyce’s, Galway; Reddy’s, Waterford and Glencar Inn, Donegal. In Dublin at Savage’s, Swords; Fresh Stores; Redmond’s, Ranelagh and Martin’s, Fairview. Nationwide: Tesco, Dunnes Stores and independent off-licences.

GAME, SET & MATCH

Sparkling Cuvée Brut, Oyster Bay, New Zealand 12pc

A gentle fizz with lemon pie aromas and a well-balanced crisp lemon zest and brioche palate. Match with cucumber sandwiches.

€17 - €20.99 at Tesco, Dunnes Stores,

SuperValu and O’Brien’s nationwide

IN THE PINK

Wexford Strawberry Irish Gin, Blackwater Distillery, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford 40pc

For après-match analysis with an Irish accent, serve in a tall glass, muddle strawberries and a grind of black pepper, shredded basil leaves, ice and tonic. 

€44 at Number 21, Middleton and Next Door O’Connor, Wicklow

LOVE ALL

Rosé Sparkling Cuvée, Oyster Bay, New Zealand 12pc

Deliciously dry with crunchy redcurrant fruit. A Pinot Noir richness supporting long-lasting red fruity flavours. Serve chilled with poached salmon salad garnished with sliced strawberries and ground black pepper.

€17 - €20.99 at Tesco, Dunnes Stores, SuperValu nationwide

BIG IN BRAZIL

Riosecco Sparkling Glera, Brazil 11.5pc

Inspired by Italy’s Prosecco’s grape, Glera.  Vigorous bubbles. Dry with ripe pear fruit  and a creamy mousse.

€13.29 at Marks & Spencer nationwide

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