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 Gift Set your one stop shop. Beautifully presented in our elegant gift box, this exclusive pack can hold any of our premium sparkling wines and comes with two delicate Hambledon flutes and a branded bottle stopper, taking you from mere guest to the guest that thinks of everything. (You’re welcome!)
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.
Unsure of your host’s palate? Gift them all three! Containing our Classic Cuvée, Classic Cuvée Rosé and Première Cuvée, 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.
And finally, the one for when you’re running late!
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.