The sound of corks popping at Wimbledon can be just as fast and furious as the volleys across the nets. But even if you can’t get to the grounds, you can still sip with the big-hitters.
As the official champagne supplier to the Championships, Lanson has released two new limited edition champagnes dressed in neoprene bottle sleeves stamped with the Wimbledon logo, cleverly designed to look like green and pink fluorescent tennis balls.
Depending on your taste, Champagne Lanson Brut NV Black Label, France (£33.99, Sainsbury’s) is fresh and exuberant with a touch of toast and hazelnut and a crisp, long, citrusy finish, while Champagne Lanson Rose NV, France (£38.99, Sainsbury’s) is generously fruity with refreshing red berry fruits and a hint of brioche to complement a punnet of English strawberries. If you need any more convincing, both sparklers have been holding court across the tournament’s hospitality tents for more than 25 years.
Australian winery Jacob’s Creek, celebrating another year as the Official Wine of Wimbledon, have themed their limited edition bottles to the players’ all-white dress code.
Vino lovers can choose between Jacob’s Creek Classic Chardonnay 2013, South East Australia (£8.09, Tesco), which is lightly oaked with honeydew and juicy peach flavours, nice acidity and a clean finish to pair with smoked salmon sandwiches, or the Jacob’s Creek Classic Shiraz, South East Australia (£8.09, Tesco), which is a full-bodied, easy drinking red with berry notes on the nose and sweet caramel and spice flavours that linger on the tongue. It goes exceptionally well with hard cheeses, so pack your hamper well.