I am not going to lie, and yes it is cheesy, but I am soooo excited about the royal wedding!
We already had the royal baby last month (who by the way has the same name as my son! How cool is that?!), and now we have the biggest event of the year in the British calendar tomorrow!!!
I get laughed at a lot about my unusual excitement for the event. I am not even British but I guess that is what makes fascinating it for me. We don’t have that in France (royalty is a long gone concept…!) and I definitely didn’t get in such a state for Mr Nicolas Sarkozy (then President of France) and Ms Carla Bruni’s wedding back in 2008.
There is something magic about the royals and I just love it!
So, alongside cucumber sandwiches and scones with clotted cream and jam (clotted cream first! That’s how the Queen does it. Cornish style), I think such an event deserves some proper celebration drinks!
Of course it should be an English bubbly! And with English Wine Week coming up very soon too (29th May to 2nd June), there is no better time to start sampling these excellent sparkling wines:
Nyetimber Brut Classic Cuvée NV from West Sussex is beautifully complex and elegant with lovely lemon pastry notes and the perfect companion to various canapés, from smoked salmon and dill crème fraiche blinis to goat’s cheese on black olive crostinis.
Hambledon Classic Cuvée NV from Hampshire, a touch richer than the Nyetimber with brioche notes and great finesse. Ideal with savoury scones or fluffy cheese gougères. Fabulous!
Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2015 from Cornwall is bright and delicious with delicate strawberry and blossom notes and a fresh finish. Wonderful with a prawn or crab starter.
To make it fair to Ms Markle, I think a couple of American wines should also be added the list too!
Fess Parker Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2016 from Southern California offers tremendous value for money in my opinion. It isn’t your big, sweet and over the top woody chardonnay. It has body yet finesse, with flavours of ripe citrus fruit, spice and a touch toasty and buttery oak which makes it incredibly balanced.
For a bid red, try Brazin Lodi Old-Vine Zinfandel 2014. With plenty of dark fruits, sweet spice, coconut and some chocolate notes in the background, it is all what you would expect from a good zin and more!
So there you have it! Some really lovely wines to celebrate a fantastic event! It is history happening after all!
To the happy couple!