The party season is upon us. For many of us, that will mean drinking plenty of champagne in the weeks to come. It’s a hard life, I know.
Champagne can be expensive, however – and English sparkling wines are just as dear.
So people will be looking for cheaper alternatives so that they can keep the bubbles flowing. Cava, from Spain, and prosecco, from Italy, are both options.
Another often overlooked fizz is vouvray. The still version is far better known, but the sparkling version is very good too.
Made from the chenin blanc grape, a sparkling vouvray follows the champagne method of secondary fermentation in the bottle. It comes in both a dry (sec) and a medium (demi-sec) style.
“Made from chenin blanc, a sparkling vouvray follows the champagne method of secondary fermentation in the bottle”
The latter is generally a bit sweet for my tastes, but the dry version goes well with fish dishes or those involving creamy sauces.
Or simply for drinking as you talk with colleagues – as I will be doing tonight at the first of two works Christmas parties. Santé!