The UK’s love for Prosecco is well-documented whilst for others its Champagne or nothing, sparking wine is ever popular for special occasions and for some people, it’s simply their favourite drink. Choosing the right sparkling wine for your palate isn’t something you can guess. You may choose to sample many different sparkling wines to find your favourite but here we’re looking at a range of the most popular styles, to help you make the right choice.
Champagne is rarely even considered a sparkling wine as it is in a class of its own. Made in the Champagne region of France, they are often the most expensive of all sparkling wines and the best offerings are held up as some of the finest (and most expensive) wine expressions in the world. Try this Serge Mathieu Brut Tradition for a classic champagne flavour.
Cava is simply the Spanish name for sparkling wine, specifically grown in many areas of Spain, most notably in and around the Penedès region in Catalonia. Almost all Spanish sparkling wine is known as Cava across Europe and beyond and as well as being available in standard white variations, there are also rose Cava on the market. Cava is popular because of its affordability and this Pere Ventura Divina Cava is a great choice if you want to get a feel for its flavour.
The most popular and trendiest of sparkling wines on the market, Prosecco is just one of a number of Italian sparkling wines. Another variation, though less popular, is Asti. Prosecco is made from the Moscato Bianco grape and is specifically grown in the Charmat region of Italy. It was first made popular in Venice’s Harry’s Bar, where the Bellini cocktail was invented. Both fully sparkling (spumante) and semi-sparkling (frizzante) varieties are available and from our range you can enjoy this Mabis Prosecco Spumante for a fine example of how good prosecco can be.
Sparkling Reds and Roses
Most sparkling wines are white, but any wine can be enjoyed in a sparkling variety. Of course, some grapes are more effective than others for making a good sparkling wine but there are both rose and red sparkling wines on the market which are just as high quality as whites. Try our Alamina Sparkling Pinot Grigio Rosato for example or this Majella Sparkling Shiraz, as a fine example of a sparkling rose and red respectively.