You heard it here first: Fine English sparkling wine is always a good idea. Easily up there with some of the world’s most glamourous beverages, bubbles have that unique ability to bring instant sparkle to any situation, conjuring up images of Gatsby-esque revelry, sophisticated soirées, and ritzy settings – in short, the finer things in life! Which is why Hambledon’s sparkling wines make the perfect gift for the festive season and beyond. A great essential to have on hand (you never know when the next impromptu get together might strike after all), just think of them as great plus ones for any and all occasions, from a casual meal with friends to date night à deux.
But how exactly do you go about choosing the right bottle?
The sure-fire crowd-pleaser
When in doubt, always keep it classic (and preferably from England’s oldest vineyard). With its rich palate and fresh energy, our signature Classic Cuvée is almost vibrantly crunchy, perfectly balancing a precise, structured yet ripe acidity with floral and stone fruit aromas, meaning you simply can’t go wrong. A consistent favourite, it’s ideal enjoyed as an aperitif or with a meal. The best part? It’s ready to drink now – hurrah! – or can also be cellared for up to five years in optimum storage conditions.
The one that does it all
After something thoughtful and original in equal measures? Then consider the Hambledon Hampershire- the perfect 'all-in-one' gift option which showcases the best of Hampshire produce, alongside the Finest English Fizz. Including Hambledon-Infused Chocolates created by our Renowned Head-Chef, Nick Edgar, luxury scented candles from the Compass Candle Company, and a bottle of the Finest English Fizz.
The heavy hitter
If you’re looking to impress (think well-heeled friends and potential future mothers-in-law), look no further than our Première Cuvée. Aged for a minimum of 62 months on the lees, this incredibly complex and immensely enjoyable wine opens with a symphony of confit lemon, orange blossom and white lily nestled amongst ripe apricot, white peach, and baked red apple. The palate intensifies, evolving into creamy, almondy, buttery notes with a fresh, mineral finish. And because it can be cellared for up to ten years, this really is the gift that keeps on giving.
The wine enthusiast
For the true wine enthusiast in your life, buy them something that will certainly turn their head. Hambledon’s Première Cuvée Rosé is a gastronomic, vinous cuvée, with 87.5% Pinot Meunier and based on the 2016 harvest. A truly standout bottle, exhibiting a rich bouquet and a complex depth of flavour worthy of our Première range.
Unsure of your host’s palate? Gift them all three! Containing our Classic Cuvée, Classic Cuvée Rosé, Première Cuvée, and Première Cuvée Rosé, our Discovery Pack is the ideal way to explore Hambledon’s beautiful collection of award-winning sparkling wines. And not only is it a chic offering for the discerning drinker, it’s also a great way of supporting local businesses and lowering your carbon footprint. Now that’s what we call a win-win situation.
The one to impress
Want to really impress a recipient this year? Perhaps it’s an anniversary year, a big birthday, or ‘just because’- a Wine Club membership is the ideal way to show your appreciation for that special somebody. Choose from either our Classic Club membership- a year long subscription with an eight bottle allocation, alongside other exclusive benefits. Or, pull out all of the stops with a Première Club membership- with a tailored, twelve bottle allocation, exclusive events and the opportunity to lease, pick and prune your own vines, this is the ultimate way to show a loved-one that you care.
If you’ve missed the meal but you might still make desert, grab yourself a bottle of our Classic Cuvée Rosé. With a tasting profile that leans more towards the fruitiness of strawberry and zingy tart cranberry notes, it might even sweeten your host up enough for them to forgive you. But perhaps you’d be wise bring desert too, just in case. Think Tarte Tatin or pears with caramel to echo this beautiful, vivid pink wine’s buttery, toasted notes.
And finally, the last-minute one..
Didn’t have time to buy gifts this year? Or, simply have a long-distance loved one for whom you don’t have time to ship a physical gift. Hambledon’s gift vouchers provide the perfect gift to allow a sparkling wine lover to purchase whatever best suits them, from a bottle of the Finest English Fizz to a sparkling afternoon tea.