Champagne and Sparkling Wines – ideal for New Year Celebrations

Champagnes and Sparkling wines have a celebratory status no other wine has.

Sparkling wines range from light Italian Prosecco, more affordable crisp Cava, elegant steely Champagnes to rich, heart warming toasty sparklers from warmer New World vineyards and red Sparkling Shiraz from Australia.

The classic blend of grapes for sparkling wine (Champagne in particular) is Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. This combination develops fruitiness with firmness and fragrance.

Good Champagne should have complex toast, nut, butter and biscuit flavours, and the bubbles should give a tingling sensation to balance the flavour.


Here are a few to try…

La Tordera Prosecco, DOC Treviso, Italy, 10.5%alc, €14.99

The limited production allows the single bunches to reach a perfect degree of ripeness. Delicious, light and pleasant with a fruity fragrance.

Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir, 11.5% alc., €14.99

Crisp and delicious citrus apple, lime flavours exude with delicate crispness.

Graham Beck Brut NV, Robertson, South Africa, 12% alc., €22.99

Tart red berries and green apples in a refreshing crisp sparkling wine with a light biscuity touch adding complexity. Light and zesty with rich apple fruit.

Bouvet Saumur Brut 2008, Loire, France, 12.5% alc., €23.99

Chenin Blanc based with quite exotic ripe spiced pear fruit. Very crisp and fresh, lively small bubbles and a long delicious finish.

Champagne Forget-Brimont 1er Cru, 12% alc., €39.99

Fresh, light, bready nose with balancing acidity and a light creamy coating in the pear fruit.

Rose Champagne Forget-Brimont 1er Cru, 12% alc., €44.99

Delicious nose of red fruits. In the mouth, sensations of ripe red fruits – blackcurrants and redcurrants. Fresh and elegant finish. Perfect harmony between the richness of the Pinot Noir and the firmness of the Chardonnay

All the above are perfect alone, with fish, fresh salmon or seafood..

Available from Dicey Reilly’s, Ballyshannon

And good independent Off Licences