Sparkling is the most important wine purchase of the Holidays for reasons that I hope need no explaining. Get lots â€“ it wonâ€™t go bad, I promise. Nothing spreads good cheer like glasses of bubbly. And it doesnâ€™t cost a fortune.
Buy of the year is Jacobâ€™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.
Itâ€™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.
JACOBâ€™S CREEK BRUT, Australia 562991 $13.95
BOTTEGA Sparkling RosÃ© 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 â€˜Prestigeâ€™, California 256678 $27.75