7 of the best sparkling wines under £20
We serve up 7 of the best supermarket budget Champagne, Prosecco and more, but which will be top of the froths?
What’s the difference between Champagne, Crémant, Prosécco, Pignoletto, Cava and sparkling wine?
Ultimately, whilst all of these names describe a sparkling wine worthy of seasonal sipping, their reputation, taste and price can be dependent on the location where they are produced and the fizz’s fermentation process.
So whilst Champagne must be made in its namesakes province, Crémant acts its a fabulously French alternative at the fraction of the price. So whatever your bottle budget, we list the worthy contenders of this fizz war:
With juicy red apple and pear flavours and just a hint of spice, Prosecco’s lesser known Italian cousin Pignoletto (made with Grechetto grapes instead of Glera), is perfect party pop for festive celebrations with food and wine expert, Olly Smith calling it: ”brighter than your average bubbly”. Start your soiree with this aperif served alongside smoked salmon or an antipasti platter. Take a trip to Tesco, or buy online here.
Crémant de Loire is a wonderful alternative to Champagne and is made in the same way using the ‘méthode traditionelle’. With a super saving made on the shelves, why not splash the cash and serve alongside a shellfish platter?
Not keen on the dryness of Champagne? Cava is Spain’s sweet (badly-kept) secret, but is too often cursed with ‘cheap’ connotations.
Established in 1949, Vilarnau is a top end, finely-crafted Cava produced on a small and very exclusive scale with a touch of the avant-garde about it. This Cava has many links to the city of Barcelona with strong links to the modern, cutting edge spirit of the one of Spain’s most famous areas. Vilarnau Brut is the producer’s flagship release that has been aged for more than 12 months. We love these Gaudi-inspired skins too which make a stylish statement whilst serving to your guests – buy online at Ocado.
A bestseller and highly acclaimed award-winner from the small, consistently excellent Champagne house Philizot & Fils, this champagne is found in many of our team’s homes. This blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier has been aged in cellars to enhance its complexity, elegance and length. Plus with over 800 5* reviews, the proof is in the pudding (or fizz, so to speak).
If like us, you’re slight on fridge space this Christmas, this bottles for you. This Prosecco Magnum (holding 2 ‘normal’ bottles of Italy’s famous fizz) is a fantastic wine for any occasion and comes at a lip-smackingly great price. It makes a stunning aperitif, bold statement and is the perfect pairing for an appetiser or main course of fish.
With Brexit on the cards, we’ve included this brilliantly British fizz in our boozy battle, with a salute to the biggest wine producers in the UK. With fresh citrus aromas and hints of brioche, this zesty fizz has lots of zing and would pair well with one of our luxury panettone buys or not-so-british Tarte au Citron! Buy from Morrison’s whilst you can!
This multi-award-winning champagne is consistently excellent year in, year out. Made by Piper-Heidsieck, you’ll find Co-op’s own-brand Champagne at a fraction of the price associated with this Champagne house!
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