The Wine Advent: 14 December: Champagne Alternatives
The Wine Advent is a series of 25 posts in the run up to Christmas day where I will give you an insight into my favourite festive wines. Follow me on Twitter or Like my Facebook page to ensure you don’t miss opening up the advent!
While there’s party bubblies, how do you go about choosing alternatives to the premium sparkling wine juggernauts? Christmas should be about treating yourself, so here’s some beautiful bottles of fizz to sip and savour in luxury…
The first for me is something wildly different but all too elegant. Peller Ice Cuvée Rosé NV (£26.50, Great Western Wine) has a dosage of Cabernet Franc and is alive with watermelon, cranberry, strawberry and juicy tropical fruits. A lovely velvety finish brings a fuller body to the wine, making it a perfect aperitif alternative to those vintage rosé bubblies from Champagne.
Meanwhile England’s very own Bluebell Hindleap Blanc de Blancs (£23.99, Waitrose Cellar) is an award-winning, complex Chardonnay varietal fizz. Those familiar delicate green apples and tart acidity are still present, but an enticing brioche and honeycombe flavour from the wine’s time on its lees bring this sparkling wine into a league of its own.
Or try the intensely citrussy Tickerage Classic Cuvee (£25.99, Waitrose Cellar) from East Sussex producer Blackboys Vineyard. Packs of lime but a nutty length make this everything you could want from a traditional Champagne at half the price. Exceptional quality.
Oh, by the way, only 10 sleeps until Christmas so if you haven’t stocked up on wine, now is the time!