There’s nothing quite like the sound of corks popping to make a festive party sparkle, and these brilliant bubbles more than rise to the occasion...
First impressions count and a magnum (the equivalent of two bottles) will not only impress your friends and family with its size, but with its taste too. The clever folks at Spar have released Magnum Perlezza Prosecco Brut, Italy (£13.33, Spar) in a large format size and it certainly looks the part. Perlezza is an award-winning prosecco in a brut style (dry) with less sweetness than extra dry (off sweet) and the perfect match with all those savoury Christmas canapes.
A REAL PEACH
Soft and delicate and displaying all the classic notes of white peach, ripe pears and perfumed honeysuckle, bolstered by a deliciously pure freshness, Guerrieri Rizzardi Prosecco Extra Dry NV DOC Treviso, Italy (£10.60 per bottle when you buy case of six, www.thedrinkshop.com) has enough structure to pair it with antipasti. This Venetian staple from a historic wine producer is a world away from bland bubbles.
CRACKING GOOD CAVA
The perfect fun sparkler, Taste the Difference Vintage Cava, Spain (£9.50, Sainsbury’s) is a great value alternative to champagne if you’re entertaining a crowd, or just fancy a drop of fizz to sip throughout the holidays. Citrusy with an attractive creamy texture and light, toasty note.
SHIMMERING IN GOLD
A delicious cremant from Saumur in the Loire Valley, Langlois Chateau Cremant De Loire Blanc Brut, France (£12.77, www.thedrinkshop.com) boasts ripe, fruity flavours and elegant mouthfeel.