Christmas Tried & Tested: Festive Fizz

Underthechristmastree love a good challenge, especially when it comes to indulgence, which is why we were more than happy to put some festive fizz to the test to let you know which ones are worth their ‘pop’ this Christmas. We were kindly sent these to try and test.

Tesco Finest Vintage Grand Cru Champagne 12.5%

Tesco Finest Champagne Vintage Grand Cru Blanc De Blancs

This gold medal winner is described as ‘a full bodied, complex, dry champagne, rich and rounded citrus flavours with an elegant mousse. Made entirely from Chardonnay grapes grown exclusively in Grand Cru vineyards in the prestigious Cóte Des Blancs’

This has just the right amount of ‘fizz’ at a reasonable price – a little acidic, however, served with some ice, (and perhaps alongside a cheeseboard!) this is the perfect refreshing drink for your festive gatherings.

Priced at £25, this is available from Tesco.

Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Crémant De Loire 12.5%

Sainsbury's Crémant De Loire, Taste the Difference 75cl

Described as “a wonderful alternative to Champagne”, The Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Crémant De Loire is made in the same way as champagne, using the ‘méthode traditionelle’.

Sainsbury’s describe it as ‘From the chalky soils of the beautiful Loire Valley, this elegant sparkling wine is made by Bouvet Ladubay, a winery founded in 1851. The soft ‘tuffeau’ stone of the region has been excavated to create miles of cellars, perfect for ageing this complex wine. Perfect with a shellfish platter’.

This is definitely a rich sparkling wine which boasts zesty apple notes. For us, we’d definitely have to be eating something savoury to balance the zest. Ideal for people who like a crisp taste.

Priced at £11, this is available from Sainsburys.

Asda Fillipo Sansovino Prosecco 11.5%

Filipo Sansovo

Fillipo Sansovino is an Italian family of wines showcasing a range of fantastic classics. Great for celebrating any occasion – weddings, parties or just the weekend! Of course, our recommendation is Christmas or New Year!

Asda describe this as “A deliciously soft and appley Prosecco from Italy that’s perfect as an aperitif or with light fish and pasta dishes.”

This is well priced, easy to drink and is a lovely bottle to have on the table.

Priced at £7.98, this is available at Asda.

Marks & Spencer Clementine & Cranberry Bucks Fizz 4%

Clementine & Cranberry Bucks Fizz £6 750ml

M&S have released an affordable alternative to Prosecco/Champagne with their Clementine & Cranberry Bucks Fizz. This only has a 4% alcohol volume, which makes this lighter for those driving the next day.

This is sweet and fruity at the same time as being fizzy enough to enjoy with others who may be sipping on Prosecco or Champagne.

Suitable for Vegetarians & Vegans.

Available for just £6 at Marks & Spencer.  

Freixenet Ice Cuvee Especial Cava 11.5%

Freixenet ICE White £12.99

Freixenet Ice has been expertly created to be enjoyed in a lovely big glass over cubes of ice and served with Mint. The description of this suggests ‘try mixing it with your own choice of extra flavours’, so we did just that! We mixed this with some cranberry juice which was sweet yet refreshing, we also tried it with some Chambord which added a sweet raspberry taste and finally, we tried it with orange juice which added a zest.

This may be a sparkling wine but it packs enough punch to feel as luxurious as Champagne, not to mention it’s Ice white bottle being the perfect table accessory.

Priced at £10.75, this is available from Tesco

San Leo Vino Spumante Prosecco 11%

San Leo Prosecco Brut

Described on the Waitrose website as “Fresh fruit and fantastic fizz! San Leo Prosecco is the perfect celebration wine this Christmas, it’s understated and extremely versatile. Add orange juice for bucks fizz, peach juice for a Bellini or cassis for a Kir Royale.”

This is a medium dry prosecco from Veneto, Italy. Suitable for vegetarians, this has the perfect balance between dry and sweet. We are naming this our winner in the Festive fizz taste test!

This would be a great accompaniment to any festive food you may be indulging in this Christmas. Priced at £10.99 this is ‘middle of the road’ in terms of cost and at 11% vol, this packs a punch without feeling like you’ve had too many.

This is Available at Waitrose.

So there we have our Christmas Tried & Tested: Festive Fizz. What fizz will you be turning to for Christmas 2017? Let us know in the comments below or alternatively get in touch using the social media icons.

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