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La Delfina Prosecco (Italy)

Bubbly’s take: This Prosecco offers good value in return for a reasonably dry and well-defined flavour. It comes out of the bottle with a very pale complexion, almost as bright as a midsummer’s moon. This wine has a lilting but not overwhelming taste that is reminiscent of citrus fruits.

Would go well with: Pizza! We even enjoyed this Prosecco on our home-made pizza night:

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Col de L’Utia Prosecco Superiore Organic (Italy)

Bubbly’s take: This vibrant Prosecco has a dazzling and zesty profile. It’s neither too dry nor too fruity hence we think this is perfect for bringing balance to more varied dishes. Incidentally, we enjoyed this with a lovely homemade dinner of honeycomb courgette cannelloni, a fennel and pesto tart served with a Caesar salad:

Would go well with: Mediterranean recipes, particularly vegetable-based French or Italian courses. This Prosecco seems to do well at reconciling lots of different dishes so it would be well-paired with a tapas- or meze-based meal.

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Champagne Nicolas de Montbar

Bubbly’s take: We were quite taken by this crisp Champagne. It has a dry, sparkling and “no nonsense” flavour, being exactly what one would expect from a Champagne. This is a reliable and straightforward wine that should please Champagne lovers and occasional drinkers alike. In common with the Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut, this wine also offers exceptional value.

Would go well with: A party? With a pleasing price and a wholesome taste, we feel this Brut would be a good staple for a larger gathering of friends or family, where a reliable and affordable supply of Champagne is needed.

Where to buy: Aldi

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Camel Valley Reserve Brut (United Kingdom)

Bubbly’s take: Never have we ever had a Cornish sparkling wine. Our impression has been that the English sparkling wine industry is predominant in the home counties, with even The New York Times taking note of certain distinguished Surrey- and Sussex-based names. In contrast, Camel Valley are an increasingly-celebrated, family-managed winery based in a picturesque part of Cornwall and testament to the growing prominence of British wine producers. This particular wine is quite intriguing, bringing a dry and buzzing flavour to the palate. Interestingly, however, we found this Brut possessed a softer fragrance, lacking the abrasive bouquet that is typical of drier sparklings. If you are keen to sample an English wine at the frontier of the national industry, then we certainly think Camel Valley is worth a try.

Would go well with: Fish (paying homage to this Brut’s Cornish heritage!) or a creamy dessert.

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Borgo dei Sassi Prosecco (Italy)

Bubbly’s take: This is a fairly dry Prosecco though it is still very flavourful and fragrant, with modest notes of pear and lemon. Unlike Champagne and other sparklings, Prosecco is produced through the aptly-named metodo italiano (the Italian method or “Charmat Method”) that involves the wine being fermented and carbonated in closed tanks, rather than in-bottle. We think the Borgo dei Sassi Prosecco represents a refreshing reproduction of this esteemed sparkling wine.

Would go well with: A pizza. However, when thoroughly chilled, we think this wine would make an excellent apéritif. Definitely one to share with friends, a loved one or even just Netflix, if you’re having a solo night.

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