When Premier Estates got in contact with me and asked if I’d review some of their sparkling wine, I knew I had made it.
Forget the glitz, glamour and big bucks in blogging – having bubbles sent to my doorstep is where it’s at. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited at the prospect of sampling something (which probably says a lot about me to be fair…).
Fast-forward a couple of days, and to my surprise, a box was waiting patiently on my doorstep at 8am. In said box, was any new mother’s dream; Sparkling Rose, Cava and Prosecco. Yes, 3 big bottles of bubbly heaven.
Drinking all the sparkling wine
But when did you find time to drink 3 bottles of sparkling wine!? I hear you cry.
Don’t worry, the drinking of it comes pretty easily to me. I know, I know, I have a 7 month old baby. But don’t worry friends, I did the responsible thing and removed myself from her presence for each bottle I sampled. All babysitters (aka daddy and grandma) were well aware that this wine-drinking was for work purposes and that I wouldn’t enjoy a single second of my freedom.
It was torture. Imagine, leaving your baby in the capable hands of immediate family and going off in your prettiest dress to try a posh, bubbly beverage. But someone had to do it…. right!?
Bottle number one
I took my Sparkling Rose to my sisters’ flat for a birthday party. Well, the party consisted of the three of us, but we’re all great company.
Now, the birthday girl doesn’t usually drink fizzy wine – but I let her try mine (all in the name of work). Pretty soon, I’d shared the entire bottle with her. Light and fruity, it felt like we were sipping wine at an upmarket event in London, not sharing a bottle in a quiet, sleepy Warwickshire flat.
Sparkling rose was a winner.
Bottle number two
My husband was a bit miffed that I hadn’t shared my review project with him (read: he wanted in on the wine) so I agreed to share the Cava with him on our date-night the following weekend.
Leaving Moo with my mum for the first time (she was a dream – especially considering we found out that next day that her first two teeth had broken through!), we headed out for dinner. On return home, we cracked open the Cava and toasted to surviving our first 7 months as new parents.
It was delicious. And it was gone way too fast. Fresh and crisp, the Cava didn’t leave the strange, bitter after-taste in my mouth that other brands often do. And so it was downed fairly easily.
It’s a good job Moo was well-behaved, because we’d have been bloody useless if we’d have been needed!
Bottle number three
I saved my favourite until last.
Prosecco is life. To be fair, after having the Sparkling Rose and Cava, they are life too. So basically, sparkling wine is life.
Being so excited to try this bottle, I saved it for a quiet night in with a bar (lie, more a truckload) of chocolate. Drinking Prosecco while eating chocolate is one of my greatest pleasures. I’m not sure the lovely creators of Premier Estates had this in mind while developing this bottle, but it tasted like they did.
Light, delicate and oh so subtly sweet, I fell a little bit in love with this drink. So much so, that I’m afraid to say I polished off the entire bottle by myself.
With Daddy on duty for the night, I skipped my way up to bed, giggling into a gentle chocolatey-wine slumber. The next morning, I was hangover free – scoring huge brownie points for my new best friend, Prosecco.
So you didn’t enjoy the review then?
Reviewing sparkling wine is tough, but someone has to do it.
I thoroughly enjoyed all three bottles of wine and those I reluctantly shared them with did too. I was also pleasantly surprised by the price – with a case of 6 bottles at £7.99 each on the Premier Estates website. I’d have easily guessed they’d be upward of £16 a bottle.
In fact, I may very well pop over and order some more now as just talking about it is making me thirsty…
I was given three bottles of sparkling wine from the lovely people at Premier Estates for the purpose of this review. However, you can be assured that all stories and opinions are my own – please see my disclosure page for more info, guys.