English Sparkling arguably came before Champagne, with Christopher Merret demonstrating to the Royal Society how to add fizz to wine some 30 years before the monk Dom Pérignon reported "tasting the stars". But it's in the last decade that quality has rocketed and so have sales. Barbara Laithwaite's Wyfold and the Robert's family's South Ridge sparkling wines are top tips, worthy of any special occasion.
Laithwaite's began in 1969, when geography student Tony Laithwaite took a job washing bottles in Bordeaux ...
and fell in love with wine and the people who make it. When he borrowed a van to share their delicious wines with
friends and neighbours at home, things went so well that hundreds of little wineries all around the world were soon
queuing to take part. Today we're the UK's No.1 home-delivery wine merchant, with over 1,500 wines to choose from
including red, white, rosé, Champagne, Prosecco, spirits ... you name it. Tony's still at it - and now really good
at washing bottles. Read more