Adding real sparkle to any occasion

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Fairytale weddings don’t come cheap, but that doesn’t mean brides on a budget can’t serve a supermarket sparkler such as The Co-operative Prosecco NV, Italy (£5.99 from £8.99, until May 1, The Co-op).

To cater for the main event still wines need to be food friendly and have wide appeal. For guests tucking into light bites and seafood appetisers, try La Chapelle White 2009, Cotes de Gascogne, France (£6.95, www.from A chardonnay and sauvignon-based wine, it’s a lively fruit salad of peachy fruit with lifted gooseberry, white flowers on the nose and good acidity on the lemony finish.

For smaller gatherings, you can’t go wrong with a good pinot grigio. From a reliable Kiwi producer, Villa Maria’s portfolio of quality wines includes crisp and refreshing Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Grigio 2011, NZ (£8.99, Waitrose). An excellent food-friendly white, the delicate lemon, apricot and lime flavours have plenty of zest with a tangy, floral finish for lasting appeal.