Looking for the best sparkling wine? Want to know which wine to buy for your Christmas party? Read on for the finest bottles available, then check out the best mixed case wines to buy and best supermarket sparkling wines to buy.


This year most of us are having to tighten our belts so canny shopping is in order to get the most bang for our bucks. Prosecco is the nation’s favourite budget fizz – Aldi's Costellore Prosecco at £6.25 is a steal, or try Tesco’s Finest Rosé Prosecco for £8.50 if you like something pink. But cava is usually my go-to at a similar price point as it tends to be less sweet and has a bit more complexity: Morrisons’ Marques de los Rios is great value at £9.25.

Both can be given extra pizzazz by adding other things – make a classic bellini with peach purée (make your own with fresh fruit or whizz up canned peaches with a little lemon juice) or a spritz with a twist by using sweet vermouth, port or cherry brandy in place of Aperol; play around with the proportions to find the right balance.

At the other end of the price spectrum comes champagne and, increasingly so, English sparkling wine. The best of these are peerless in terms of elegance, balance and complexity but often their hefty price tags aren’t necessarily reflected in their quality. Supermarkets and large retailers will offer substantial discounts in the run-up to Christmas, especially on famous brand names, but often better value is found with own-label bottles. Tesco’s Finest Premier Cru at £23 is one of the best. Crémant (made in the same way as champagne) is aways substantially cheaper and can be just as good – try Majestic’s Langlois-Chateau ‘Classique’ Crémant de Loire (£17.99) or Aldi’s excellent Crémant du Jura.

Red wine lovers needn’t miss out on the fun of fizz. Traditional lambrusco rosso, made in a robust, dry style unlike the cheap, sweet versions found in most supermarkets, is a left-field choice but it’s an ace match served slightly chilled with roast turkey as well as charcuterie and other party nibbles. It’s hard to find in big retailers so look out for it in independent wine shops or online. Do consider indies for your Christmas wine shopping as they, like most of us, need all the support they can get in these tricky times, and they’ll be very happy to guide you in your choices.

Five sparkling wines to try

Ridgeview Bloomsbury NV, £29.99, Waitrose

Award-winning English sparkling wine, beautifully crisp and elegant with fine bubbles and an edge of minerality.

A bottle of Ridgeview Bloomsbury NV

Camillo Donati Lambrusco, £18, Ellis Wharton Wines

A natural, biodynamic lambrusco full of juicy dark berries and with a savoury, herbaceous crunch.

A bottle of Camillo Donati Lambrusco

The Wine Society’s Champagne Brut NV, £34, The Wine Society

Very classy champagne, rich and toasty with fabulous balance, and great value when bought as a case of six (£170).

A bottle of The Wine Society’s Champagne Brut NV

Albastrele Blanc De Cabernet Sparkling Brut NV, £9.99, Laithwaites

Unusual fizz made from cabernet sauvignon in Moldova. Creamy bubbles, peachy fruit and a little spice. Try it with Thai- inspired dishes.

A bottle of Albastrele Blanc De Cabernet Sparkling Brut NV

Mar de Frades Brut Nature NV, £29.50, Great Wine

Traditional method sparkling albariño in a very beautiful bottle. Its lovely saline lift makes it brilliant with any seafood.

A bottle of Mar de Frades Brut Nature NV


Kate HawkingsWine Columnist

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