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The Independent On Sunday

Published:  23 July, 2008

Angered by the price of a glass of house Champagne in most London restaurants, RICHARD EHRLICH looks for alternatives. 'My top choice will always be a bone-dry Fino or Manzanilla Sherry, whose mouth-watering acidity gets the salivary glands racing just as efficiently as fizz,' he says. He would also opt for a glass of vermouth with a touch of sparkling water, and he is 'edging towards' a glass of dry cider, particularly Sheppy's Dabinett Cider (1.59/500ml; Booths).