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Byline: WITH JANE CLARE

creamy buttery aromas with brioche and green apple; the palate is ripe with apples, is nicely balanced and has a good acidity. It's not a champagne for mum, but it's as good as.

Here's two sparklers if mum likes pink bubbles.

Martini Rose' Extra Dry (RRP PS10.99, Ocado and Asda, 11.5% abv) is new in stores this month. It is a cerise pink with gentle bubbles, which deliver red fruit, strawberry and pear aromas. To taste, it is creamy and slightly tropical, with fruit notes that tempt you to take just one more sip. I was very much tempted, even on a school night and for educational purposes (research, for you, my friends).

For smaller piggy bank budgets, Willow and Stone Sparkling Ros' (RRP: PS5, the Co-op, 8.5% abv) is a prettylooking bottle, but my hands are still hurting from trying to open its clever little popper.

This is a British wine made from grape concentrate - don't confuse it with an English wine. It is a pale pink, with shy bubbles, and strawberry and raspberry notes which are fine with a chilled edge to them.

I was a bit cheeky and headed for the Chambord in my fridge and added a little to give this pink a bit of a leg-up.

It so happens that there's a limited edition Chambord black raspberry liqueur 20cl gift pack available from most UK supermarkets for around PS8. I like having a bottle of Chambord around; just a tiny bit into a glass of prosecco, or gin and soda, seemingly adds a touch of luxury. I've just run out; so that's a Mother's Day nudge to my daughter!

Mother's Day is March 31. Give her a hug, or, like me, raise a glass to mum-shaped memories if she's no longer with you. Also in my glass I had a very long day yesterday which started with wine exams and ended with glass of pale ale. I bet you can guess which one I preferred.

The ale was a Californian one, and was a much-appreciated palate refresher at the end of a Californian wine tasting.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is online at Tesco, three for PS5.25 until March 25. It's also at Asda online, at the time of writing, with four for PS6. It's a refreshingly light, tasty and zesty pale ale, and if you feel like reaching for a beer after a very long day, I can't recommend it enough. | Jane is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers. Find her on social media and online as One Foot in the Grapes

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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