It's no secret that English people have a sweet tooth and love to round off their meals with a yummy dessert. But for people on a diet, there are other ways to finish off your meal that are arguably more enjoyable. Next time you go out with friends for afternoon tea in London, or when you order the food for delivery at home, why don't you crank it up a few notches and add some fine wine to the mix? There are quite a few high quality bottles on offer in the sprawling capital city, and here we check out some of the best choices available. So sit back, grab a glass, and read our recommendations. We promise that you'll want to indulge in these fine wines when you have finished reading.
1. Chandon Brut NV
Chandon Brut NV is a quality sparkling wine from Argentina produced by the well-known champagne house Moet & Chandon. It's vibrant and sophisticated has a fruity profile with hints of citrus. There's also a touch of spice that leads to a pleasurable finish. At £17.99 a bottle from Majestic Wine, this is a reasonably priced way to delight in a wine that is far superior to its price tag. In fact, it's one of the cheapest sparkling wines on offer from the specialist plonk merchants.
2. Phillipe Herard
The Scolt Head in Dalston serves up a fine array of traditional English classics, including the popular venison stew and the turkey and bacon burger. It also has a number of excellent alcoholic drinks on the menu, including Phillipe Herard. This is a fresh, zingy, sparkling wine made from all white grapes. For £25, it's reasonably priced but has the taste of exquisite luxury which is perfect for afternoon drinks with friends.
3. 2016 Eternal Favourite Rose, Cotes de Provence, France
Rose is a great variety of wine to enjoy on its own with friends and this French Eternal Favourite Rose from Vagabond Wines in Clapham is a stunning choice to brighten up your afternoon tea. It's a dry wine with a pale, elegant, and subtle profile which goes well with salads, fish, and seafood if you feel like sampling it alongside your meal. It can be drunk perfectly fine on its own as well.
4. Definition Cotes Du Rhone, France
Definition Cotes Du Rhone is another fine offering from Majestic Wines, the specialists who have been in the grape game since 1980. This is an incredibly moreish red wine from the famous Rhone Valley in the south of France. The abundant sunlight there helps to make the delicate blend of grapes used flourish until they are ripe and juicy. This is a dark, fruity, and spicy red wine which is best enjoyed with red meat, but also works well as a quaffing wine to be appreciated with friends.
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