‘Tis the season to be sparkling! Christmas is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year than with a glass of bubbly in hand? Whether you always stick to the classics, or are looking for something different, the right festive fizz is the key to unlocking the true spirit of the season.
The Classics: Champagne and Prosecco
Let’s kick things off with the classics – Champagne and Prosecco. These sparkling stars never fail to add a touch of elegance to any occasion. Picture this: you, surrounded by twinkling lights and the warmth of loved ones, with a flute of crisp Champagne in hand. It’s the epitome of sophistication, and celebration. From grape to glass, Bonnet Launois Champagne Brut is the fruit of long hours of work, far from the fashionable trends and pressures of large-scale production Champagne houses. The secret of the quality is to be found in the constant care given to the vineyards and production.
Prosecco, on the other hand, brings a more laid-back vibe to the festivities. It’s the go-to bubbly for those who appreciate a slightly sweeter taste with notes of pear and apple. Perfect for toasting to a successful present-wrapping session or for clinking glasses with friends during a festive brunch. Bacio della Luna Organic is everything that a prosecco should be. Golden in colour, lively bubbles, with a pure and balanced taste.
Beyond the Basics: Crémant
Just in time for Christmas, our beloved Chef James Martin has added a sparkling to his wine collection, James Martin Crémant de Limoux. If you’re not familiar with Crémant, it is created using the same grapes and production method as Champagne, but is produced outside of the Champagne region (in James’ case, Limoux). This exquisite sparkling wine encapsulates the essence of luxury in every effervescent bubble. A Christmas-cracker of a fizz that is sure to impress your friends whilst offering fantastic value.
Sparkling Rosé: Because Pink is Always in Season
Who says rosé is just for summer? Add a pop of colour to your celebrations with Bacio della Luna Prosecco Rosé DOC. With its delicate hues of pink and a palate of red berries, it’s the perfect match for boxing day turkey, ham, or whatever delicious canapés pass your way. Plus, it’s practically an accessory – who could resist Instagramming a glass of sparkling rosé against a backdrop of twinkling Christmas lights?
Toasting Tips and Tricks
Now that you’ve got your bubbly lineup sorted, here are a few toasting tips to ensure your Christmas celebrations sparkle just right:
- Chill Out: Keep your sparkling wines chilled, but don’t overdo it. Aim for a temperature between 4-7°C to let those bubbles dance.
- The Right Glass Matters: Use tall, narrow flutes to preserve the effervescence of your bubbly. However, feel free to switch it up with wider glasses to enhance the aroma.
- Pairing Perfection: Match the intensity of your sparkling with the flavours on your table. Lighter sparklers complement appetisers, while richer ones shine alongside hearty mains.
So, there you have it – a sparkling guide to elevating your Christmas fizz-tivities. Whether you’re clinking glasses with family, friends, or even just your cat, make this festive season merry and bright with a beautiful glass of bubbly. Cheers! 🎄🍾