20 Christmas bubbles
Entertaining starts long before Christmas, so now's the perfect time to break out our pick of the top proseccos and bubbles…
Frizzante Prosecco, 11pc, €10 from Centra
This easy-drinking, lightly sparkling Frizzante from Centra's Wines We Love range has a 'soft mousse' (is not overly fizzy), crisp apple flavour and touch of lemon sherbet on the finish. Serve well-chilled with canapés.
Crémant du Jura Brut,
12pc, €11.99 from Aldi
If you're not a fan of Prosecco, this great-value bubbly from the Jura region of France is made from 100pc Chardonnay in the traditional bottle-fermented style. Deliciously refreshing with a crisp wash of green apples and persistent bubbles.
Bosco del Conte Prosecco
Frizzante 10.5pc, €8.99 on offer in select Eurospar and Spar stores until December 27
A bargain buy for Prosecco lovers, this moderately sparkling Frizzante is well worth stocking up on; a crowd pleaser at a price that allows you to keep pouring. It's soft with notes of peach and a refreshing lick of lemon.
Tesco Finest Valdobbiadene
DOCG, 11.5pc, €17.99 from Tesco
A crisp and lively apéritif for Prosecco lovers, this is made in the fully sparkling Spumante style so has a generous stream of bubbles with a refreshing wash of white peaches and ripe, juicy pears.
Mionetto Vivo NV
10.5pc, €14.95 (reduced from €17.95) from O'Briens and obrienswine.ie
For something slightly different, this Italian sparkling wine is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, and is fuller in flavour than a Prosecco. With a hint of flowers on the nose, it is packed with ripe flavours of pear, white peach and apple.
Valdo Marca Oro
Prosecco Superiore Jubilee Edition, 11.5pc, €24 from Grapevine, Dalkey; Shiels Londis, Malahide; The Ice Box, Balbriggan; The Malt House, Trim; McCambridge's, Galway; The Food Store, Claremorris In a striking bottle, this quality Prosecco from the steep slopes of the Valdobbiadene offers crisp apple softened by honey.
Jaume Serra Cava Rosado Brut
11.5pc, €14.99 from select Eurospar, Spar, Mace and Londis stores until December 27
From a winery that dates back to 1647, on the hills near Barcelona, this vibrant sparkling rosé is make from Pinot Noir and Trepat grapes, bringing expressive flavours of raspberries with a crisp touch of cherry and strawberry.
Perlage Prosecco Spumante Brut Zharpí DOC Treviso
11.5pc, €24.95 from Mortons of Galway; Bradleys, Cork; Searsons, Dublin, and online at searsons.com
A beautifully made organic Prosecco, which is suitable for vegans. This has full flavours of apple and apricot balanced with refreshing acidity.
Blanquette de Limoux, 12pc, €24.95 from The Corkscrew, Dublin; JJ O'Driscolls, Ballinlough, and Karwig Wines, Carrigaline, Co Cork; Next Door, Ennis, and Myles Creek, Kilkee, Co Clare, and thewinehouse.ie
From the oldest sparkling wine-producing region in the world, this has aromatic flavours of peach, pear and green apple and is balanced with a creamy texture.
Valhondo Cava Brut
11.5pc, €14.95, reduced from €17.95, from O'Briens and obrienswine.ie
A crisp, clean Cava with zesty flavours of ripe lemon, lime and fresh green apple. Great as a refreshing apéritif and its good acidity will pair nicely with cassis to make a kir royale.
Simmonnet-Febvre Crémant de Bourgogne Brut
12pc, €24.96 from Redmonds of Ranelagh, The Vintry, Jus de Vine, Drinkstore, Kelly's, Goose Off-Licence and Martins, all Dublin; The Wine Well, Dunboyne, and The Malt House, Trim; 1601 Off-Licence, Kinsale, and the Wine Centre, Kilkenny Made in Chablis from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir using the traditional Méthode Champenoise, this a quality glass of bubbles.
Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Grande Réserve Perle de Vigne, 12pc, €25 from Donnybrook Fair, Higgins Off-Licence and Martins, all Dublin Located in Nuits-Saint-Georges, this sparkling wine, made from a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, has a dominant citrus character with hints of apple and pear.
Blanc de Blancs, 12.7pc, €40 from O'Briens and obrienswine.ie
A top-quality sparkling wine from California, made from 100pc Chardonnay, with a beautiful complexity of flavours: green apple, apricot, and white peach wrapped up in a creamy, toasty texture.
L'Extra par Langlois Crémant de Loire,
12.5pc, €17.95, reduced from €19.95from O'Briens and obrienswine.ie
Maison Bollinger are the owners of this prestigious Loire house. Made using the traditional method from a blend of hand-picked Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc, this has generous citrus and green apple flavours with a toasty brioche character.
Carles Andreu Cava Brut
11.5pc, €23.45 from Wines Direct at Arnotts and winesdirect.ie
A distinctly superior Cava, which is also vegan-friendly, its characteristic flavours of green apple sit on top of toasty notes of baked apple developed from a minimum of 18 months spent in the cellar.
Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Triple Zéro
Crémant de Loire, 12.5pc, €35.60 from Wines Direct at Arnotts and winesdirect.ie
Made by respected winemaker Jacky Blot from 50-year-old Chenin Blanc vines, this is a natural, unfiltered, gently sparkling wine. Taut and complex with layers of soft citrus, pear and baked apple flavours, this elegant expression of the varietal and style is perfect for wine lovers.