While seeing loved ones and trawling the shops at this time of year gets us in a festive mood, funding the food, booze and presents can be less than jolly!
Splashing out on indulgent alcohol can be tempting, but you can safely keep your guests and your bank balance happy with the huge variety of affordable bubbly out there. We’ve rounded-up our pick of the best…
Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut, £10.99, Aldi
This bottle of fizz has come out top on taste polls across the board, beating three of the most expensive major brands in a blind test carried out by Which? last year.
Aldi calls the Champagne, ‘A bestseller and highly acclaimed award-winner from the small, consistently excellent Champagne house Philizot & Fils. This blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier has been aged in cellars to enhance its complexity, elegance and length.’
Customer reviews for the cheap champers confirm its value for money. One shopper wrote, ‘We bought this Champagne for our wedding last year and have drunk it ever since. Many of our ‘wine expert’ friends serve it and for the price, you can’t fault it’.
Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc NV, £7.99, Lidl
Lidl’s best-selling bottle of sparkling wine was recently named one of the best in the world at the International Wine & Spirits Competition earlier this year.
Described as “dry with plenty of flavour,” with “integrated fizziness and a dry, lingering finish,” this sparkling wine is a bargainous bottle that the nation can’t get enough of. According to The Sun, Lidl sells 10,000 bottles of the stuff a month!
Castellblanc Cava Brut, £7.49, Ocado
Despite its reputation as a cheap, last-minute substitute for Champagne or Prosecco, Cava can be a delicious addition to any party spread. While some brands can have an unpleasant, astringent flavour, Ocado’s Castellblanc is dry with a light fruitiness that customers have raved about. ‘We all love this, dry but with real taste – and what a good price!’ one reviewer wrote.
Conegliano Prosecco, Taste the Difference 75cl, £7.50, Sainsbury’s
Released in 2014 but still a winner among critics and customers, Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Prosecco is a crisp, slightly off-dry drink scented with apples and pears. ‘Well done Sainsburys – it doesn’t get better than this…’ wrote one reviewer. Another said, ‘We don’t routinely buy prosecco, but this was so refreshing that I’m looking for an excuse to buy it again soon!’
San Leo Rosato Italian Sparkling Rosé Wine, £6.99, Waitrose
Let’s face it, there will always be someone at the party who wants a glass of something pink (i.e us). Treat them to Waitrose’s decadently-flavoured – but surprisingly low-priced – sparkling rosé.
Waitrose says the wine’s ‘fragrant bouquet, fresh fruity flavour and gentle mousse make it an ideal aperitif for parties and everyday celebrations. It’s delicious with fresh ripe strawberries.’
‘When you want a slightly more robust flavour from prosecco, try this crisp, light rose,’ advised one shopper.