The Wine Advent: 12 December: Top Party Bubblies
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We’re already into the hot period for Christmas parties, so if you’re a host of an upcoming party and you’re looking for something to pop open and get it started I’ve got some recommendations for you.
For me, Cava is still a cut above Prosecco. It has more flavour from its traditional method style. However if you’re looking for something inoffensive and easy-going like Prosecco, I would really point you the way of Valdo Oro Puro Prosecco (£13.99, Waitrose Cellar). Ripe, golden apples and a sensationally smooth finish make this Prosecco pretty unique in a sea of its similar rivals.
Cava is of course the other bargain bubbly. Franck Massard Mas Sardana Cava Brut Nature NV (£11.95, Great Western Wine) is smooth but rich and biscuity with high acidity. Citrus and hazelnut, who knew that was such a good match? This is bound to get the party off to a good start.
If you want something a little bit different then Cantina Cleto Chiarli, Pruno Nero NV (£12.95, Great Western Wine) and its raspberries, cherries and sweet bubblegum are so, so moreish. It will bring a smile to your face.
Champagne Jacquart Demi-Sec NV (£35.00, Great Western Wine) is my choice of premium Champagnes. Peachy, nutty, a tiny bit sweet, and honey. Considering it’s price you’d do well to find a Champagne of better quality.
But if you’d like to support home-grown genius, there’s few sparkling wines to match the absolute brilliance of Camel Valley’s “Cornwall” Pinot Noir Sparkling Rosé (£26.95, Camel Valley Vineyard). Literally drowning in awards, Camel Valley is no stranger to producing the best sparkling wines on the globe. Wild berry mousse, plenty of green apple freshness and acidity, and a length to make you want more… you really have to try this.