Winchester Magazine Christmas Issue 2017 Winchester Magazine Christmas Issue 2017 - Page 41

FOOD & DRINK POP THE CORK Rachel Gibson from independent merchant Wine Utopia shares her recommendations for the very best festive fizz CHARLES HEIDSIECK BRUT RESERVE NV HATTINGLEY VALLEY CLASSIC RESERVE NV Champagne, France Hampshire, England From one of the most admired champagne houses thanks to the unrivalled and consistently high quality of its wines, Charles Heidsieck’s heavenly Brut Reserve offers enticing toasty and brioche aromas and a fine, elegant palate. Produced in Hampshire from an elegant blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, this local sparkler punches well above its weight. £44. 95 It features on many wine lists of top eateries across the city, and has real finesse and a complex character. This is my choice for drinking over Christmas without a doubt. PETER LEHMANN BLACK QUEEN SPARKLING SHIRAZ 2010 £29. 95 LE DOLCI COLLINE PROSECCO NV Veneto, Italy Barossa Valley, Australia Intensely-flavoured Shiraz grapes from old low- yielding vines create this wine, inspired by 95 the groundbreaking Sparkling Burgundy of the 1950s – one of Australia’s unique contributions to the wine world. Deep in colour, it has aromas of chocolate and dark cherry, with exotic fruit flavours and a lively mousse. Serve slightly chilled. £19. A lovely Italian party fizz which is fresh and dry but with hints of apple and peach on the palate. £10. 95 Top up your flute with fresh peach juice to make the perfect Bellini cocktail. The layers of flavour and fine fizz make this an absolute steal for the price. All wines are available from Wine Utopia, St Thomas Street, 01962 706666; Wine Utopia Warehouse, Kings Worthy, 01962 883145; and Wine Utopia, Stockbridge, 01264 252080. 41