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  • Top 5 Alternatives to Champagne

    Some say that there is nothing like Champagne. Once upon a time, this was true and the alternatives weren't that appealing. But recent years have seen outstanding improvements in other sparkling wine regions. Nowadays you can find very drinkable bubbly substitutes from all over the world.

    With the festive season fast approaching, we’ve decided to put together a list of the Top 5 Alternatives to Champagne.

    5. Cava

    Known as the Spanish Champagne, a toast in Spain is practically always drunk with Cava, the Spanish sparkling wine made by the champagne method. Cava is not the only sparkling wine made in Spain, so check the cork is marked with Cava’s distinctive four-pointed star. Like a girl band, Cava does not improve with age. So buy it, put it in the fridge, and enjoy it!


    In recent years production techniques have improved, leading to the high-quality Prosecco produced today. Compared to other sparkling wines, Prosecco is low in alcohol, about 11 to 12 percent by volume, so you can have a glass without worrying too much about how often it’s topped up. The flavour has been described as intensely aromatic and crisp, with yellow apple, pear, white peach and apricot. Unlike Champagne, known for its rich taste and complex secondary aromas, Prosecco has intense primary aromas and is meant to taste fresh, light and simple.

    3. New World Fizz

    The best New World fizz is exuberantly fruity, richer than Champagne and offers great value for money These sparkling wines give crispness and finesse with graceful ripe fruit aromas leaving you with a rich creamy complexity on the palate. Perfect for impressing your guests at a festive dinner party, and won’t break the bank.

    2. Cremant de Bourgogne

    Like most wine regions across the world, Burgundy makes a sparkling wine, Crémant de Bourgogne. It’s a pity that the sparkling wines of Burgundy aren’t better known, because the quality is extraordinary. If you've ever been let down by pricier brands of bubbles, try some of this- it's astounding. It's produced the same way wines are made in Champagne - but because it doesn’t come from the famous region, you don't pay the premium connected with the name. Crémant de Bourgogne wines are a fantastic substitute for Champagne, but cost considerably less.

    1. Franciacorta

    Franciacorta is Italy's sparkling wine superstar. This fizz is made using the same methods and grape varieties as Champagne. It is fermented in the bottles, instead of in a vat, leading to smaller, more plentiful bubbles and a more delicate taste. The result is a stylish drink that beats its French non-vintage cousins hands down. It is a dry, somewhat complex wine, with hints of almond, vanilla, and yellow ripe fruit. It will be a talking point when you take it to a party. The down side is that is doesn’t turn up in the UK that often, so if you see it, snap it up immediately!

    Wednesday, 20 October 2010 12:49:22 Europe/London