For anyone that knows me, or has been following me for a while, you will know that I am partial to a sparkling wine (or two!). So I thought it would be fun to have a look at a few different sparkling wine varietals and help you decide which one best suits your taste and personality. I have written this blog post in collaboration with Independent Wines and all of the wines mentioned are available from their online shop.
Disclosure: This is a partnered post
Nothing says a perfect summer wine like a sparkling rose. This wine in particular is perfect for a special occasion or to just celebrate the end of another week. It is a delightfully unusual bubbly and is made using the classic method – you know, the way they make Champagne. The sparkling wine is a gorgeous pale ruby colour and is both fresh and dry to drink. On the nose, it is fruity, with aromas of raspberry, wild strawberry, vanilla and toasted bread.
The ideal wine to start a wine and cheese pairing with your friends. This award winning Italian dry sparkling wine has also been produced using the méthode classique, but it has been aged sur lie for twice as long as non-vintage Champagne. This has allowed the wine to develop complex aromas and texture. The wine is a pale yellow colour and is crisp and simply delicious. On the nose it portrays elegant aromas of ripe peach, hints of honey, butter, toasted bread and almonds.
Txacolina 2018 | Sparkling White Wine
Like your sparkling wines a little less effervescent? Then this is the perfect wine for you! A ‘slightly‘ sparkling white wine from a boutique family-owned winery on the Atlantic coast of Spain. Txaicolina Aizpurua is a delightful zesty wine and is perfect for a hot summer day or paired with fresh fish, oysters and sushi. The wine has a sophisticated fragrance, reminiscent of green apples and citrus, with a minty note. And on the palate it is dry yet surprisingly lightweight.
The ideal sparkling wine to entertain guests if you know they love a white wine, but are unsure of their preferences for sweet or dry. This wine is truly delectable, which is evidence by some of the very prestigious awards it has won.
When translated, Volo Di Farfalle means “flight of the butterfly”– a seemingly fitting name for for a wine which is fresh, light and sweet.
The wine is produced in small batches to ensure it always has the most desirable flavours. On the nose you will smell aromas of mountain flowers, wild herbs and yellow apple. And the bubbles are small and persistent – adding just a touch of spritz to this fabulous wine.
Rounding out this list of fantastic sparkling wines, is the multi-award winning Prosecco from Italy. This is a very special wine which is ideal to celebrate special occasions with loved ones. Or perhaps treat your guests on arrival with this welcoming aperitif.
In your glass it will appear bright lemon, with very fine and persistent bubbles. This sparkling wine has bold flavors with aromas of acacia flowers, and notes of apple, lemon and grapefruit. On the palate it is dry, with a lightweight body that will leave you feeling refreshed.
About Independent Wines
Independent Wines is an online wine shop offering hand selected wines from predominantly Italian vineyards. The wines available are special and premium wines that you will not find at your usual retail outfit. They also offer next day UK delivery meaning you don’t have to wait too long to enjoy the good stuff.
So, next time you are doing a wine tasting or wine tour, impress your friends with your wisdom and impart your knowledge of sparkling wine on them. Who knew there were so many different varietals – I surely didn’t! Finally, before you leave make sure you let me know what kind of sparkling wine you are in the comments below. Personally, I think I am a sparkling rose kind of girl. Shell x