You know the Christmas season has arrived when you hear the promising pop of that luxurious Champagne cork or a perfectly poured out glass of Christmas morning Prosecco. But what if this time around, it’s not the usual bubbles you wake up to, but a different kind of sparkling merriment?
Champagne and Prosecco will always be seasonal favourites, but the zesty flavours, fruity palates and crisp finishes of English Sparkling Wine are starting to make themselves known and it won’t be long before they’re popping up on your very own Christmas wish list.
Read on for our pick of the best English Sparkling Wines to ensure you enjoy a very Merry Fizzmas in the absence of that classic Champagne or Prosecco clink.
Much like your Christmas day Quality Street, the Bolney Estate Bubbly does what it says on the tin. An off-dry sparkling white wine, this beautifully crafted bottle of bubbles contains a flavoursome blend of Muller-Thurgau, Chardonnay and Reichensteiner, to name but a few.
For those seeking their first sips in the world of English fizz, there’s no better wine to try. Grown on the sandstone slopes of the quaint, family-run winery sitting snugly on the South Downs, the fusion of floral and brioche aromas create a tantalising taste. Enjoy with smoked mackerel pate on Christmas crackers - of the edible variety of course.
Winemaker Dermot Sugrue has one simple concept in mind when creating this full and creamy Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend: one wine per annum. As Sugrue puts it, this allows for “a wine that somehow designs itself, from one year to the next.”
Delectable structure and finesse are on offer with this ultra classic blend, providing zesty lemon and sweet apple aromas leading into a creamy, peachy palate, with just a hint of biscuity flavour.
Touted as the best sparkling wine in England by Sir Hugh Johnson OBE amongst other fine wine experts, this effervescent and exuberant wine may be known as “The Trouble With Dreams” but it will make all your Christmas dreams come true.
Organically blended from rich Kent and Sussex orchard fruits, this exceptional dry sparkling white wine hails from Sussex, as a hearty mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Auxerrois, Meunier and Pinot Noir.
Matured for two flavourful years, a sip of this high quality sparkling wine gives Champagne a run for its festive money and offers aromas of classic British apple crumble followed by notes of creamy brioche and buttercream on the finish. This is sure to be a satisfying addition to any Christmas dinner feast or hearty Boxing Day turkey pasta bake.
Full-bodied and a wonderful finesse with rich red-fruit flavours leading into a palate of absolute fizzing delight. Yes, this dry sparkling white wine embodies all things bold. Think fresh, summer berries, the effervescent acidity of juicy pink grapefruit and a soft, creamy mousse which lingers for just the right length on the finish.
Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and the unusual Pinot Precoce all blend into one salmon-pink bottle of elegantly English fizz.
Salmon pink bubbles to go with your Christmas morning smoked salmon and scrambled eggs? Absolutely. Add a hint of sparkle with this divine dry sparkling rosé wine. As a limited edition 100% Pinot Noir from Somerset, England, the quintessential flavours of sweet English strawberry and creamy mousse are good enough to rival the very best Champagne.
If you simply adore the luxurious pop of Pink Champagne, you’ll find comfort in such beautifully sparkling sips, as you enjoy alongside crushed meringue with fresh strawberries for a sweet treat, post-Christmas dinner.
It’s time for Prosecco to move aside, and make way for the royal entrance of this double gold medal-winning wine from Camel Valley straight from the slopes of Cornwall. Raise a glass to a special Christmas celebration with the help of a fresh, fruity palate, ideally enjoyed from elegantly rimmed glasses.
This sparkling wine serves as the perfect accompaniment to a Christmas feast, pairing beautifully with juicy turkey and a cheeseboard decked out in tasty Cornish Yang with Garlic.