Delicious bubbly at a bargain price

wine hand in 8.10.08
wine hand in 8.10.08

In the spirit of conviviality, a classy bottle of affordable bubbly will bring a pleasing smile, especially if it’s Finest Banquette de Limoux 1531, 2008 (£9.99, Tesco).

A veil of ripe fruit flavours gives way to peaches and cream with a crisp, citrus finish.

For a tasty postcard from Portugal, try Tons de Duorum White 2011, Portugal (£8.99,

A delicious aperitivo, this wine’s delightful mineral freshness and zesty lemon and tropical fruit flavours cries out for whitebait and aioli, but fishcakes and a green salad will do nicely.

To pamper her tastebuds with a silky smooth pinot noir, The Co-op has a pleasing offering from its premium range. Try The Co-operative Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir 2009, Chile (£7.99, selected Co-op stores) which spends 10 months in oak.

This violet red spills over the tongue with savoury purple fruit, soft tannins and an oaky finish.

For something truly scrumptious, splash out on a couple of bottles of Le Champ des Etoiles Pinot Noir 2010, South of France (£9.79,

This deep, velvety, special occasion wine is a top drop to please her.