I had the very tough commission of doing a festive fizzy wine round-up and called in a few friends to help me sample the fabulous range of fizzes that will make your Christmas and New Year go with a pop! Don’t forget to also check out our bumper Christmas Drinks Guide for other drinks ideas for the festive season.
From the New Year’s Eve Taittinger to party-ready rose, it was a difficult gig, but I have the best bubbles nailed. There’s even an alcohol-free bottle if you’re driving.
Push the boat out if you’re celebrating and savour the expensive – but -worth-every-penny Folies de la Marquetterie Taittinger. Dominated by a peachy undertone, it also has hints of vanilla which pack a long-lasting fizzy punch.
Babylonstoren’s Sprankel MCC (Methode Cap Classique) hails from South Africa, so you can just imagine what all that sunshine tastes like! Stating a range of tropical fruits, apples, lime and grapefruit in the notes, this is a pretty bottle and is great with all kinds of fish.
You can pick this easy drinker up from your nearest Waitrose, so you’ll probably get extremely used to it over the holiday season, and bargain price and soft, floral flavour will make this Prosecco top of the Christmas party tree.
This is bubbly, but not as I know it! The crispness of grapes is fused with a hint of green tea, so this fizz almost tastes like it’s good for you; which in the grand scheme of wines, it is with 0% alcohol.
If you like your bubbles dry, this is the only label you should consider. The Treviso “Gold” packs a powerful mouthful of zestiness in every sip meaning that it’s worth savouring and not guzzling.
These lively bubbles are wonderfully refreshing and dare I say echo the Pantone colour of the year, fuzzy peach. It looks more expensive than it is so it will make a great impression if you’re entertaining.
The perfect party starter, this cheap and cheerful (£9) rose, pairs perfectly with canapes or on its own. Meaning ‘march with joy and love’ it is a communal fizz that everyone will love- even vegans!
It says luxe on the bottle and this is a truly bubbly bottle of celebratory fizz. It looks and tastes like a classy bottle and makes a great premium gift or something to spark open when you have the neighbours around for a crisp and refreshing clink.
Fit for a King (and presumably his mere peasants), this limited-release King’s Rosé 2015 is designed for special occasions. At £95 per bottle and a limited edition release, there are not going to be many who get to sample this crisp, dry rose, so make sure you choose your guests wisely!
The ideal gift for any lover of bubbles. Order Prosecco, Prosecco Rose, Cava or Champagne from the website and get the bottle personalised for extra Brownie points.