I’ve always found Halloween about as much fun as bunion surgery: too much noise, lurid novelty tat and grown-ups being weird. So instead, I am declaring it a festival of fizz. I shall be popping corks from around the world and embracing the party spirit in my own way. By the time all the early evening nonsense has passed, the proper party can kick in and we can all join in a kitchen disco.
OLLY’S PICK OF THE FIZZ
Pizzolato Organic & Vegan Prosecco NV (11%), £10, Co-Op. Vitality and fun abound. A zesty bubbly that doesn’t break the bank.
Cave de Lugny Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc de Blancs NV (11.5%), £14.99, Waitrose. White peach brilliance with a savoury stratum, this is a hidden gem of joy.
Black Chalk Classic 2017 (12%), £34, The Wine Society. Precise as a lemon bull’s-eye on the dartboard of dreams, this is sharp English splendour.
Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV (12%), £50.95, corneyandbarrow.com. My inside tip for top Champagne to experience the ultimate in fine, elegant fizz.
WINE OF THE WEEK
Veuve Monsigny Brut NV, (12.5%), £13.99, Aldi. Stunning value for a rich zinger to turn fright night into fun central.
This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 31st October 2021 – Prices, stockists and vintages correct at time of publication.