Christmas aperitifs

Party season is in full swing and for many that means a glass or two of sparkling wine. There are plenty of options out there from Prosecco to Champagne, so here are some I’ve reviewed just for you!

Treat yourself

Champagne Jacquart, Brut Mosaïque NV, a blend of crus, grape varieties, vintages, aromas and flavours is a delight to drink. Pale yellow with a stream of fine bubbles, this Champagne has enticing aromas of pear, fig and almond, with underlying notes of honey and freshly baked bread. Usually £26.50 per bottle, you can now get 20% off 6 bottles at Great Western Wine.

On a budget

Casillero del Diablo Brut Reserva Chardonnay/Pinot Noir 2009 is available from various retailers including Morrisons and Tesco for just £10.99. This sparkling wine has fresh flavours of lemon and lime, and for the price, would be perfect to enjoy alongside smoked salmon and cream cheese blinis as an alternative to Champagne.

Philippe Michel Crémant du Jura Sparkling Chardonnay is a complete bargain at £6.99. If you are planning a Christmas party and need plenty to go around, this would be the perfect choice. Winner of several awards including the Silver best in class medal at the 2009 International Wine & Spirit Competition, this wine is crisp and dry. It is great enjoyed on its own or mixed with orange juice, Chambord or peach purée to make fruity sparkling cocktails.

Novelty value

Blue Nun has released a new sparkling Gold Edition white wine, complete with fine flecks of 22 carat gold leaf. Blue Nun has something of a bad reputation, but this wine is light and slightly sweet – ideal if you aren’t too keen on bone dry fizz.

Blue Nun Sparkling Gold Edition is available for £9.59 at Drinks Direct.

Something a little different

Sherry is somewhat polarising, but I love it! Tio Pepe, available for £8.99 from all major retailers and most independent wine merchants is a pale, dry fino sherry which matches perfectly with salty snacks and canapés. Tio Pepe should be served chilled and I’ll be enjoying mine alongside a bowl of salted peanuts and some olives.

In the next post, I’ll be letting you know what to drink with your Christmas turkey…

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