Here’s three festive wines that will be sure to sparkle at your Christmas party this year.
Van Hunks MCC Sparkling Wine
For something a little different at your Christmas party this year, toast with family and friends with this South African sparkling wine which is a wonderful alternative to Champagne from the viticultural paradise of Stellenbosch.
Van Hunks Brut has vivacious cascading bubbles, laced with a fresh, racy zestiness and delicate fruit, while the joyful Van Hunks Rosé is a combination of Pinot Noir and the elegance of Chardonnay, with the addition of South Africa’s Pinotage, offering a rich and long flavourful finish.
Domaine du Météore Le Cratère Sparkling Rosé
Domaine du Météore Le Cratère Sparkling Rosé is an organic ‘methode champenoise’ sparkling rosé wine made in limited quantities (970 bottles) from Syrah grapes, which are all grown inside the 200-metre-wide, 10,000 year old meteorite crater from which Domaine du Météore takes its name. Domaine du Météore have partnered with Birding Languedoc who have given their advice on the design of the wooden gift cartons for Le Cratère, making sure they can be upcycled as bird boxes to encourage nesting. Domaine du Météore will donate a proportion of the Le Cratère wine sales to this non-profit organisation.
RRP: £28 per bottle. £33 per bottle with wooden bird box. £168 for case of 6. ABV: 13%. Available from: domainedumeteore.com
Oddbird Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Wines
Oddbird Spumante – Using grapes from the Italian province of Treviso located in Veneto, commonly known as the Prosecco region, Oddbird Spumante is made with traditional methods and 100% Glera grapes exclusively from DOC and DOCG vineyards. The wine is matured for up to 12 months and then gently liberated from alcohol to preserve its natural character.
Oddbird Spumante RRP £8.99 – available now from Amazon, Dry Drinker, The Alcohol Free Co, Club AF and Dunell’s
Oddbird Blanc de Blancs – Sparkling Chardonnay wine, liberated from alcohol. Oddbird Blanc de Blancs is crisp, intricate and dry, with fresh tones of Granny Smith apples, honey and lime. A youthful 100% Chardonnay wine with high complexity.
Oddbird Sparkling Rosé – Sparkling Rosé wine, liberated from alcohol. Silky and well-balanced blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes with gentle hints of summer berries, citrus and Granny Smith apples. Oddbird Rosé is rather dry and all-natural in colour.