Bottega Gold Prosecco*
Nothing says celebrations like a golden bottle of prosecco, which brings me to my first bottle of bubbly, Bottega Gold Prosecco. I don’t know about you, but often I’m a bit wary of a glamorous looking bottle of bubbly. I instantly think is it going to be all show and no substance? But, I was absolutely wrong when it came to Bottega Gold. It’s got the glitz, glamour and the taste too. Fresh, fruity (think green apples and pears) and floral – it’s a brilliantly balanced bottle ideal for celebrating. RRP £25.00, available online at Ocado.
Soffio Prosecco Spumante DOC*
Next up is the Soffio Prosecco Spumante DOC, a beautifully creamy fizz with fresh aromas of green fruits (apples and pears). In Italian, the word Soffio means blow or breath, which the winemakers believe expresses the spirit of prosecco. The wine is supposed to toast to the joy of friendship and happy occasions – which I think is quite fitting for a special celebration, don’t you? RRP £9.00, available online and in-store at TESCO.
Ruggeri Argeo Prosecco Brut*
Fresh, delicate and well-balanced in flavour, the Ruggeri Argeo Prosecco Brut is a fantastic fizz with a lovely long fruity finish. With flavours of citrus and stone fruits, alongside floral aromas, this prosecco would pair beautifully with equally as delicate fish.
La Gioiosa Prosecco Rose Millesimato
A firm favourite rosé prosecco of mine is La Gioiosa’s Prosecco Rose Millesimato. This bubbly is a lighter pink in colour but still packs the flavour of a great prosecco. It’s subtle and fresh on the nose, with hints of red fruits. On the palate, expect the same fruity flavours with the addition of some floral notes too. RRP £10.00, available at local supermarkets such as TESCO.
Tosti Prosecco Rosé*
Fresh and aromatic in its scent, the Tosti Prosecco Rosé makes way for a balanced and crisp flavour with slightly more fruity notes. It’s a brilliant sparkling wine for outdoor afternoon celebrations in warmer weather. But, the brilliance of this bubbly doesn’t end there. If you take a look at the bottle you might spot that it has a thumbprint on the outside of the bottle – a genius design that’ll make every pour a seamless one.
Pizzolato Prosecco Rosé Brut*
Rounding off the prosecco is the Pizzolato Prosecco Rosé Brut, a gloriously pink prosecco with aromas of apple, pear and floral notes too. Moving to the flavours, it’s fresh, dry but still has a fruitiness to it. It’s a lighter option than others on this list so, if you’re looking for something that’s not too overpowering, this is definitely for you.
Codorníu Cava Brut*
With over 450 years of expertise in cava making, Codorníu knows its stuff when it comes to cava. This particular cava is an easy drinker, with a crisp and refreshing green citrus fruit flavour. For the full Spanish experience, pair it with some homemade tapas dishes. Or, if you’d rather have it as an aperitif, it works just as wonderfully by itself. RRP £8.00, available at local supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s, TESCO, and Morrisons.
Codorníu Rosado Brut NV*
Why not try a twist on a classic cava by opting for a rosé alternative. Codorníu does a fantastic rosé cava that’s dry yet fruity with aromas of raspberry and strawberry. This is another great pick if your celebration is an afternoon do as it makes a perfect aperitif. RRP £9.49, available at local supermarkets such as Waitrose.
Champagne (and champagne alternatives)
Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut NV
You can’t go wrong with a classic, and Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut NV is most definitely a classic. It’s an opinion divider, I know. But, for me, it’s a reliable champagne that delivers every time. At £39.00 a bottle, it’s definitely a wine for celebrations only – but that’s what this is all about after all!
Domaine Langlois Chateau Cremant Loire
More often than not I’ll pick up a bottle of quality sparkling wine over champagne. When I’m looking to stock up on a bottle, I’ll reach for the Les Vignes du Baron Cremant de Loire. If you’re looking for a quality alternative to champagne then this French fizz from the Loire Valley is definitely it. Crisp, dry and delicate, Les Vignes du Baron Cremant de Loire brings together peach and grapefruit with hints of honey. A beautiful fizz for any occasion.
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What wine will you pick to celebrate the season with? If you’re looking for an alternative to sparkling wine for your upcoming celebration, take a look at some of my top still wine suggestions in my Wine Wednesday series. To keep up to date with the latest pairings from Female Original, follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.