Sparkling is the most important wine purchase of the Holidays for reasons that I hope need no explaining. Get lots – it won’t go bad, I promise. Nothing spreads good cheer like glasses of bubbly. And it doesn’t cost a fortune.
Buy of the year is Jacob’s Creek Brut. Champagne alternative never tasted better. Zesty, toasty and sure to please. Get a case.
Bottega, one of my favourite Prosecco producers, has sent the pink version in a gold covered bottle. Check this picture out. How festive! How can you resist?
Go local with Chateau des Charmes who have been making great sparkling for longer than I care to remember.
It’s hard to distinguish between a good Loire region sparkling and a Champagne. Except in price. Start the evening with Chateau des Montgueret and the rest will be easy sailing.
Mumm Napa is the perfect choice if you need an up-scale name. The wine is damn good too.
JACOB’S CREEK BRUT, Australia 562991 $13.95
BOTTEGA Sparkling Rosé Prosecco (gold covered bottles), Italy 621458 $21.95
CHATEAU DES CHARMES SPARKLING BRUT, VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake 145409 $20.95
CHATEAU DE MONTGUERET BRUT, Cremant de Loire, France 621896 $18.95
MUMM NAPA BRUT ‘Prestige’, California 256678 $27.75