Pick of the Pops

Like it or loath it, the festive season is fast approaching, and before you know it Noddy Holder will start screaming “It’s Chrrrrriiiiisstmmmaassss!” into your ear. So this is your starter for ten to ensure you pop some fizz into your party or celebration.

Rest assured it’s the ultimate sound effect and a great way to indicate the good times are rolling. With more choices available than seats at a theatre, whatever you go for will certainly add a touch of sparkle. A quick twist of the bottle whilst holding the cork is all that’s needed, who said it was labour intensive? However, there are those out there still trying to open sparkling wine with a corkscrew, an interesting struggle with a bang at the end. 

Many of us answer this SOS (Sort Out Sparkles) by grabbing a bottle of reliable Prosecco, We adore its fresh and fruity charm thanks to what is known as the ‘tank method’, nothing to do with bottles being fired in battle I must add! If you do opt for this choice, make a big impression on your guests and splash out on a magnum for a great table centrepiece. 

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Whilst regular blasts of Champagne can sometimes have an effect on your wallet, cracking Cava is a great alternative to both this popular French tipple and Prosecco, if you want a fizz to dance the flamenco beat in your mouth. A wonderful blend of indigenous Spanish grape varieties it’s brilliant bubbly for your buck. 

After something with a catchy name? A glass of Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir with its delightfully delicate flavours of strawberries and cream is certainly one to savour, whilst keep your eyes peeled for Cremant, which literally means ‘creamy’ It’s a sublime alternative to Champagne at a snip of the price but produced outside the Champagne region in France. It’s also produced using the same ‘traditional method’ production technique with slightly less finesse. 

Want to raise a glass to Rule, Britannia? It’s no secret that I love English fizz. Pour a glass of this electrifying homemade delight and treat your loved one to a tour at your nearest vineyard for that perfect festive gift. There are over 500 vineyards in the UK and you can even pop down to your local B&Q store and buy English Sparkling Wine as a paint colour!! Approx 3.86 million bottles were produced in the UK last year, and the recent heatwave has certainly helped to boost this year’s harvest. 

Whether you’re after a Champagne Supernova or help with the pick of the pops, jump on the bubbly bandwagon with a joyful bang and don’t spare the horses! 

San Leo Prosecco Magnum 

Adored by hardnosed wine judges and customers alike, this Prosecco is the genuine article bursting with citrus-rich character and bundles of charm. 

Camel Valley Brut NV 

This is their flagship wine, a fresh and fruity fizz, perfect for all celebrations, with English hedgerow scents and a touch of honey on the palate. 

L’Atzar Cava Reserva 

This wine spent 18 months in the bottle to give its beautifully and lovely crispness and inntensity. The delicate and fine bubbles tickle your tongue with pure fresh flavours of crunchy apples and biscuity notes 

 

Mirabeau La Folie Rosé 

La Folie translates as ‘madness’ but it doesn’t mean you have to Suggs blaring away in the background or wear baggy trousers whilst enjoying this sublime tipple. Hailing from Luberon in central Provence, Mirabeau La Folie Rosé is the perfect aperitif and pairs beautifully with salads, seafood tapas and summer fruit desserts. 

Prince Alexandre Cremant de Loire 

Fine, elegant and complex combining the freshness of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay floral tones and a little red fruit from Cabernet Franc. Drink with olives & nuts as a classy aperitif. 

Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir 

Quite literally Pinot Noir on steroids! This light and refreshing fizz is salmon pink in colour with a lively palate that evokes flavours of fresh strawberry. A delicate bead leads to a crisp, clean finish. The perfect pre-dinner apéritif or celebratory drink. 

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