Spring is finally here, so time to indulge in a little sparkling wine, but why not try these intriguing alternatives to Prosecco or Champagne

A white from Chile….

Cordillera Pinot Noir 2013

Winner of the Best Chilean Sparking Wine at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships and made by the reliable Miguel Torres combine, this is created entirely from organically grown Pinot Noir grapes. Light and ethereal, with a fine mousse and creamy fruit flavours this is a refreshing and enlivening mouthful.  Perfect for all celebrations – and would turn fish and chips into something special.

£14.99 tauruswines.co.uk

 

A rose from France….

Calvet Cremant De Bordeaux Brut Rose

Made from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes normally used in the red wines more commonly associated with Bordeaux, this very dry, sparkling rose is the essential party wine and currently at a great price to pick up a few for special occasions this Spring. Lovely fresh red fruit flavours, with enough body to be a terrific partner to nuts and canapés as well as smoked salmon starters.

£7.99 (until March 21; normally £11.99) Ocado.com

 

A red from England…

Camel Valley Sparkling Red 2014

A glorious one-off that wins on curiosity value alone – a sparkling red, made from Rondo, a German clone red grape, in, er, Cornwall. But Camel Valley has proven skills in making gorgeous fizz, creating here a succulent, juicy, mouth-filling wine, full of enticing cranberry and raspberry flavours. Brilliant as an unusual aperitif or with rich cakes and puddings.

£19.95 camelvalley.com; £22.50 shop.vinoteca.co.uk

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