As if we need any excuse to open a bottle of bubbly, but as Christmas approaches us at lightening speed we will have even more reasons to pick up a glass of bubbly and taste the fizzy delights.
Christmas time is the busiest time globally for sparkling wine sales thanks to the many festive get togethers we have planned both at home, work and in bars/restaurants and not forgetting New Years Eve celebrations as we welcome in the year 2022.
“It is said that we enjoy some 200 million glasses of Champagne at Christmas and this number is greatly added to as we lead up to and enjoy New Years Eve celebrations – Champagne (or any other sparkling wine) is the one wine that can identity mostly with celebrations so it is unexpected that sales peak each year over the Christmas period.”
We must not forget that sparkling wine is not purely Champagne, in fact, this small region of France (despite having global fame) is only a smaller percentage of the global sparkling wine production each year. We are all familiar with Prosecco (Italy) though we also are able to enjoy the fizzy delights from England, Spain (Cava), South Africa (Cap Classic), Slovenia, Cremant (France), Canada, USA, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and much more.
So, what about some fabulous sparkling wines for Christmas 2021? I say let’s rock & roll with some Trophy Winning English sparklers to get the mood firmly in the swing:
Where to purchase: (£35.00/75cl) and available online from www.paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk and from its three stores in Jermyn Street, London, Cale Street, London and Bath.
Camel Valley – 2019 Pinot Noir Rose Brut
Where to purchase: £36 a bottle from the Camel Valley website.
Bolney Wine Estate – Cuvée Rosé 2018
Where to purchase: £38 per bottle via the Bolney Wine Estate website.
Fox & Fox – Mosaic 2015
Where to purchase: £29 from the Fox & Fox website.
Biddenden Vineyards – Gribble Bridge Ortega Demi-Sec 2019
Where to purchase: £24.80 via the Biddenden Vineyards website.