Whether you say it with flowers or fizz, don’t forget to make mum’s day on March 15.
A REAL PEACH
With our insatiable thirst for prosecco (sales continue to soar and have inspired a boom in own-label brands), we never seem to tire of the light, fruity freshness of this fashionable fizz. However, if you fancy impressing mum with another Venetian speciality, try mixing a bellini with Extra Special Prosecco NV, Italy (£6 from £8.50, now until May 7, Asda) - a dry style from the Valdobbiadene region which produces top quality glera grapes. Half fill a chilled champagne flute with peach juice or peach puree and slowly top with prosecco.
Trophy winning wines such as TerraVin Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand (£14.99, www.oxfordwine.co.uk) which hails from one of the most famous regions in the world sell themselves; but with a rugged cowboy on the new-look label and expressive citrus, fennel and white flowers on the nose, this oak-aged sauvignon blanc really does deliver with its dry, racy acidity, beautifully balanced flavours reminiscent of wet grass and freshly squeezed limes and clean, fresh finish.
A far cry from the neutral white wines that are enjoyed the world over but can be decidedly average, Roero Arneis, Cornarea, Canale 2013, Piedmont, Italy (£16.50, www.bbr.com) shows beautiful precise fruit that’s elegant, refined and quite charming. Made from armeis, an indigenous Italian variety, there’s blossom on the nose and it’s characterised by apple, apricot and pear fruit with a gentle, minerally finish. A perfect lunchtime white with seafood.