White and sparkling highlights from the wine bar at Imbibe Live

Drinks: Imbibe Live, Wines

Carrying on the wine tasting round-up from this year’s show, Julie Sheppard gives us her white and sparkling highlights from the wine bar at Imbibe Live.

Altemura, Saliente Brut, Puglia, Italy
Altemura has broken the mould with this 100% Falanghina sparkler – a first for the Puglia DO. Mineral and fresh on the nose, it has a crisp, mineral palate, balanced by a touch of pear fruit. A food-friendly streak of salinity runs through; try pairing this with seafood or sushi. JS



Mâcon Village La Crochette 2015, Burgundy, France

Maison Loron makes this elegant wine from Chardonnay grown on the clay-limestone soils of southern Burgundy. A fresh and mineral style, with a touch of creaminess on both the nose and palate. Lovely stuff – and great value for this quality. JS

£9.85, haywardbros.co.uk


McPherson, Princess Butterfly Sparkling Moscato 2015, Victoria, Australia

Yes, there’s a time and a place for sparkling Moscato, but we think there’s lots to love about this one from McPherson, from its knock-out price to its pretty packaging. The cherry and strawberry nose prepares you for a palate that’s a big bowl of cherries, with some ripe lime notes and a fresh fizz. Pair it with afternoon tea or red fruit desserts. JS

£5.52, lanchesterwines.co.uk


Weingut Breitenfelder, Grüner Veltliner 2014, Weinvertel, Austria

Harald Breitenfelder is one of Weinvertel’s new-wave winemakers, who is forging a new identity for the region. This focused Grüner has laser-sharp acidity, with a focused, mineral, citrus-and-stones palate that cries out for food. JS

£9.10, alpinewines.co.uk


Redbank Wines, Emily Brut Cuvée NV, Victoria, Australia

A new addition to the Negociants UK portfolio, this delicate sparkler is a blend of 58% Chardonnay and 42% Pinot Noir, grown in Victoria’s King Valley. Lovely fruit on the palate – lemon, apple, pear and quince – with a pleasant creaminess that’s balanced by fresh acidity and persistent bubbles.

£9.90, negociantsuk.com

Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve NV, Hampshire, England

Winemaker Emma Rice knows her sparklers. This NV is a blend of fruit mostly from the 2014 vintage (82%), with 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 19% Pinot Meunier and a rather unexpected 1% Pinot Grigio. Partly fermented in oak, with no malo, it’s a fresh, fruit-driven fizz, with green apples and a nice toastiness on the palate.

RRP £30, enotriacoe.com






About Author

Julie Sheppard

Julie Sheppard has worked as a food and wine journalist for the past 15 years. She has written for a range of key UK and international specialist drinks publications including Wine International, Harpers, HOT and The Drinks Business. She has also written about wine, spirits, bars and restaurants for consumer magazines such as Time Out, Waitrose Food Illustrated and national newspapers including The Sunday Times. For two years Julie worked as editor of Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book and was also senior editor of Mitchell Beazley's Classic Wine Library series. She is currently managing editor of Imbibe and imbibe.com, and contributing editor for UK restaurant and bar guide Square Meal, squaremeal.co.uk, and lifestyle magazine Square Meal Lifestyle.

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