WE may not choose to celebrate New Year as we usually do – but celebrate we will!
Perhaps we can put the money saved from not going ‘out, out’ into treating ourselves to a nice bottle of sparkling wine, but with so many on offer which ones should we choose?
Here are the top budget-friendly booze options for New Years EveCredit: Getty
Neil is the Chief Tutor at Essex Wine SchoolCredit: Neil Bull
Here are some of my ideas for a top sparkler to enjoy on New Year’s Eve.
Champagne has long been seen as the ‘celebration wine’.
Whether it’s for birthdays, weddings, or even a Formula One win – it’s the go to wine for many on a special evening.
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It is made by what is known as the traditional method – where a blend of base wines are put into the bottle and a small amount of yeast and sugar is added before the bottle is sealed.
The yeast eats the sugar and creates more alcohol, as well as carbon dioxide – a process known as second fermentation.
The carbon dioxide gradually dissolves into the wine, creating the fizz.
The longer it’s left like this, the greater the toasty, bready or brioche flavours from the yeast become – a character which defines a good Champagne.
An excellent example of this style, and one that is on offer a super price, is Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top Brut NV, £14 instead of £28 at Sainsburys.
This Sainsburys offering is only £14Credit: Sainsburys
- Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top Brut Champagne, £14 from Sainsburys – buy now
It’s a classic blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier and is as crisp as a green apple but with lovely hints of peach and apricot and a toasty, bready character that’s really special.
Heidsieck & Co Monopole Champagne was established way back in 1785 and is one of Champagne’s oldest and most respected Champagne houses.
This is such a good offer on a really delicious Champagne – and one not to be missed.
Cava, from Spain, is made in the same way as Champagne but from different grape varieties.
It offers a perfect alternative to Champagne but without the same price tag. The Tesco Cava NV Brut, £5.75, is a great example.
This bottle of cava is a bargain at just £5.75Credit: Tesco
- Cava Brut Non Vintage, £5.75 from Tesco – buy now
It has the same green apple crispness as the Champagne but with more …….