The Ten Best Sparkling Wines
Our choice of cork-poppingly delicious fizz
Theale Vineyard Founder’s Reserve 2003 - £22.99
The reputation of English sparkling wines worldwide is improving every year. Made near Reading, this cuvee is full of spicy aromas with a rich, smoky character on the palate.
www.laithwaites.co.uk; 0870 066 5689
Jansz Vintage Cuvée 2003 - £14.99
Tasmania's cool climate is ideal for making premium sparkling wine. This has great complexity and is well balanced on the palate, with delicate fruit and a crisp acidity.
www.negociantsuk.com; 01582 462 859
M&S Prosecco Extra Dry - £7.49
A great alternative to Cava, this delightful wine combines spring flower aromas with apple and citrus. It feels creamy on the palate, and has peach and papaya notes.
www.marksandspencer.co.uk; 0845 302 1234
Castillo Perelada Brut Reserva 2005 - £8.72
Situated in the DO Emporda of north-east Catalonia, Castillo Perelada produces some of the best Cava in the region. There are vibrant, honeyed-apple aromas on the nose, and the palate has a good structure and fruity flavours with a creamy texture.
www.stevensgarnier.co.uk; 01865 263 300
Tesco Finest Bisol Prosecco - £8.99
Bisol have been producing Prosecco di Valdobbiadene for more than 100 years. The aromas of juicy peach and zesty notes are balanced by a lively and dry acidity; it's fresh and elegant on the finish.
www.tesco.com; 0845 722 5533
Green Point ZD 2002 - £14.25
ZD stands for zero dosage, which means the wine is bone-dry. This pure Chardonnay cuvee has an elegant palate, with crisp acidity and a creamy finish.
www.waitrose.com; 0845 604 9050
Roederer Estate Quartet Brut - £18.04
Roederer was the first Champagne house to produce sparkling wine in California. This crisp, elegant wine combines soft white fruit and some nutty aromas.
www.waitrose.com; 0845 604 9050
Tenuta Ca’ Bolani Prosecco - £6.99
A rather aromatic style of Prosecco, with a refreshing and balanced palate; elegant fruit structure with an explosion of apricot, ripe apple and spring flower on the finish.
01932 340 780
Montana Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut Cuvée - £8.49
New Zealand's sparkling wines rival Champagne. This one has apple and nectarine aromas on the nose, plus delicate fruit and citrus characters. A great-value bottle of wine.
www.majestic.co.uk; 0845 605 6767
Nyetimber Blanc de Noirs 2003 - £35
From the multi-award winning sparkling wine house in West Sussex, this vintage has strawberry-shortcake aromas with a balanced freshness and fruit on the finish.
www.harveynichols.com; 020-7201 8537
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