Champagne or Prosecco? What fizz should be on your shopping list this year
Wondering what to charge your glasses with this year? Read this Christmas fizz guide from Amanda from Drink With Me to find out what bubbles to buy for Christmas to impress not just family and friends but also yourself!
Celebrating with Champers
Christmas is coming, so it’s time to dig out your partywear and think about how you’ll be celebrating this year. Hand in hand with Christmas goes fizz. Sparkling wine is always a hit at every party and even just every night during the festive season!
Here are my top sparkling wines for you to enjoy this Christmas; just make sure you save the Champers for when your In-laws or Out-laws have left!
Asti: Martini Asti
I can buy this at...? Asda
Made from the fragrant and juicy Moscato Bianco grape in the Asti region in Piedmont, Italy, this is one of the world’s most popular sparkling wine brands and to taste it is to understand why. With intense aromas of peach, grapes and melon and a lively spritz of fruit flavours, this is your perfect companion to desserts.
I can buy this at...? Waitrose
To me, this is one of the finest expressions of Cava you can find, and at a cracking price point. Made in the same way as Champagne is made, if you want a sexy sparkler without spending the big bucks, go for this. Bursting with citrus flavours and nuttiness from ageing, this one is aged for 12-18 months in deep cellars, bringing a touch of elegance to the wine.
Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Shiraz
I can buy this at...? Waitrose
You might not have heard of this one and the thought of a sparkling red might repulse you but trust me, it’s a belter and one you do not want to miss. Aussies swear by Sparkling Shiraz at Christmas time and it’s our turn to get in on the act now. With refreshing blackberry and raspberry flavours and a kick of light spice and pepper, put this one with your turkey and you’ll be transported to Bondi Beach in no time!
I can buy this at...? Tesco
If the bottle itself isn’t enough to make you want to buy this Prosecco, the juice certainly will. Made from the Glera grape in Italy’s region of Veneto, this one has lovely flavours of lemon, apple and grapefruit. This one is a lovely wine to sip throughout the whole evening.
Crémant de Loire
I can buy this at...? Sainsbury’s
If you are looking for a Champagne but can’t justify the price point, take a look at Crémant wines. Made in the same way as Champagne but just from different places in France, these show their regional grapes beautifully and won’t break the bank. This one is made from Chenin Blanc & Chardonnay and displays exotic white flowers and pear and apple flavours. Yum!
£: RRP £50
I can buy this at...? Most supermarkets and alcohol/wine merchants.
I’m not biased but boom this is a great Champagne. Think complex, elegant and pear, brioche and spice flavours. One of the finest Champagne houses, this is made from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier in the Champagne region of France. It is aged for a minimum of 3 years which gives it this heady, rich vibe and I love it!!
Serve all of these sparklers chilled. No-one likes warm bubbles unless it’s in the bath!
Which one will you go for?
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