Not that I ever need an excuse, but if you can’t pop a few corks of bubbly over Christmas and New Year, when can you?! There’s something for everyone in our range of Champagne and sparkling wines, and with 15% off some our favourites, there’s no excuses. If you want to go down the traditional Champagne route for the special occasion, look no further than Louis Roederer for that classic style of toasty, briochey goodness. Billecart-Salmon make a deliciously elegant and lean style, while the Forget-Brimont NV is a beautifully soft and fruity example.
After all the fuss and hype, we’ve finally found an English Sparkling wine producer that ticks all our boxes – the Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs is 100% Chardonnay delightfulness, and the Rosé is full of delicate strawberry flavour with a lengthy finish. The Brut Reserve 2009 is a classic Champagne blend, with the complexity and finish to go with it.
Prosecco has become a real hit, and it’s easy to see why – very drinkable and very affordable. Made from the Glera grape in the hills of north-eastern Italy, we have seen the demand for this wine increase dramatically, as it’s a perfect party or celebration wine. Prosecco Doc Spumante is an easy drinking, fruity, floral example, and is a good candidate if you’re planning a few bubbly-inspired cocktails over the holidays. With a bit more personality and complexity, try Nino Franco’s Rustico, or their single-vineyard award-winner, San Floriano.
For something a little out of the ordinary, try the Soalheiro Espumante, made from Alvarinho grapes (also known as Albariño across Spanish border) in the north of Portugal – made in the traditional Champagne method, this wine has become a real hit at JN as an interesting alternative to toast with, with real purity of fruit and elegance. A staff favourite at JN, the Sartarelli Spumante is hard to beat too – well known for their award-winning still wines made from 100% Verdicchio variety, the sparkler is gaining quite a following, and it’s easy to see why with its aromatic and refreshing style.
So whether you’re looking for something to whet your appetite on Christmas day, or that special bottle to toast to 2015, get those corks popping!