Rain or shine, crack open the champagne

wine hand in 8.10.08

wine hand in 8.10.08

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For posh picnics, a bottle of fizz is a must-have and Aldi has a new champagne that’s poised to be a runaway success.

Try Champagne Philizot Brut Numero 3, France (£12.99), a blend of the three classic champagne grapes, chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier.

Fresh with delicate lemon and floral notes, good depth of flavour and nice toastiness on the finish.

Should the sun refuse to shine, it’s easy to remind yourself of warmer days with a sip of cold Mateus Rose Original, Portugal (£5.49, major supermarkets).

Boasting a newly revamped bottle to celebrate its 70th anniversary (though it’s retained its iconic rounded edges), this is fruity and fresh with a hint of fizz that makes it the perfect alternative to sparkling wine or beer, and a delicious accompaniment to seafood sandwiches and soft cheeses.

For Italian wine lovers looking for an alternative to pinot grigio, try Triade Fiano/Falanghina/Greco 2011 Campania, Italy (£8.54, Waitrose) for an informal white with bright acidity to pair with pasta salads and chargrilled vegetables.