Fizz isn’t just for Christmas

Sparkling wineAs our festive celebrations come to an end, there is only one way to keep our spirits up, and that is with some sparkling wine.

The options are endless! In the past you may have only been considered to be in the ‘in crowd’ if you drank Champagne, but thankfully that isn’t the only option any more. Take a look below for different styles of sparkling wine to try throughout the beginning of 2016.

Champagne

This traditional sparkling is produced in the Champagne region in northern France, primarily from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Brut NV is a popular choice, with flavours ranging from apples and brioche, to hints of toasty notes.  Vintage Champagne is made only in the best years, with grapes from that particular year. Flavours range from honey to cooked apples, with lots of toasty brioche. This style can be very rich and quite full-bodied – it is the Champagne to age!

Cremant

This is a sparkling wine made throughout France, using the same method as for Champagne. It is generally produced from the most important grapes of each region, for example Cremant d’Bourgogne (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) and Cremant d’Alsace (Pinot Blanc and Riesling).

Prosecco

Prosecco is produced in north-east Italy, in and around the town of Valdobbiadene, from the Glera grape. It has massively increased in popularity and many find it more approachable than Champagne, not to mention generally less damaging to the bank balance…  It is easy-drinking, with flavours of apples and pears, and often a small amount of residual sugar. If you see either ‘Cartizze’ or ‘Rive’ on the bottle, then the grapes came from an extremely good vineyard site.

Asti

Sweet and low in alcohol, this sparkling wine comes from the town of Asti in north-west Italy. It is the ideal aperitif and delicious with fruit-based desserts and afternoon cream teas.

Cava

This sparkling wine comes from Spain, with the majority grown in the Catalan vineyards. It is produced using the same method as Champagne, but from local Spanish grape varieties. The wines are generally dry, with flavours of apples and hints of smoke.

Contact your Account Manager for more on our sparkling selection.

Date:
6th January 2016


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