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Sparkling wines to celebrate the end of 2020

As we start to look ahead to SWA 2021 it is hard not to think about the challenges our industry has faced in 2020. The team at SWA count ourselves truly lucky to have been able to successfully complete the whole of the 2020 competition, before the very first UK lockdown was enforced.

To celebrate the end of a difficult year, we’ve picked out a variety of different sparkling wines to suit every palate. All of them were judged by top sommeliers working in the industry, so you know they’ll be good. Let us know if any of them tickle your fancy on our social media channels.

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Champagne

Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs, Brut 2008, Champagne, France (£107.80 Hatch MansfieldMatthew Clark)

'A great vintage champagne with some elegant aromas of citrus and Danish pastry, and an elegant palate with a gentle structure.' Lionel Periner, team leader. 'A crowd pleaser that's youthful, with white flowers, grapefruit, Bramley apples and aniseed. It's dry, elegant and focused, quite lean and delicate, with a creamy texture and a long finish.' Matthieu Longuère MS, team leader.

 

Prosecco

Broadland Drinks, Proudly Vegan, Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy (£5.92 Molson CoorsLWC DrinksSuma Wholefoods)

'Great for pubs, outdoor dining and brunch. This is easy-drinking, smooth & balanced.' Anja Breit, abWINEconsulting. 'Light and airy, with a mousse that's very fine and textural. This has brilliant purity, with some good structure and well-integrated acidity straight through the middle.' Tim Handley, The Royal Automobile Club. 'For the price point this is fab!' Stephanie Robertson, RA Group.

 

Cava

Llopart, Imperial Panoramic, Cava Brut Gran Reserva 2013, Catalonia, Spain (£18.57 Bibendum)

'With notes of red apple, apricot and salted butter, as well as some oak and spices, this is a very good substitute for a pricey aged champagne on a restaurant wine list.' Elena Serban, Heritage Restaurant. 'Great minerality, as well as pastry and brioche notes. There's lots of fruit too, considering the age, and with much more to come. Complex and balanced.' Michael Driscoll, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa.

 

Asti

Contero, Moscato d'Asti 2019, Piedmont, Italy (£10.35 Liberty Wines)

'Candied fruit on the nose leads to an unctuous palate full of ripe character, with dried fruit and confit on the finish.' Chris Delalonde MS, The Dorchester. 'Fresh and vibrant, with ripe peaches, nectarines and orange peel, and a slightly stony character with good balance between sugar and fruit. Would match a dessert with some acidity.' Juan Manuel Marcos Perez, The Gilbert Scott Restaurant.

 

English sparkling

Fox & Fox, Mosaic Brut, Rosé 2015, East Sussex, England (£22.86 Amathus)

'This has a beautiful salmon-orange colour, and is pithy and citrus-driven, with potential to age well.' Harry Crowther, Grape Times UK. 'An elegant nose, with all of the flavours rolling out on the palate and a slightly oily texture that just lasts and lasts.' Timothy Connor, Heddon Street Kitchen. 'Something to have alongside a meal, with its vibrant acidity and richness on the finish.' Aurore Anguenot, Aviary.

 

Sekt

Vaux, Rheingauer Réserve Riesling Sekt 2015, Rheingau, Germany (£25.90 Jascots Wine Merchants)

'A honeyed, rich nose that's buttery, with baked apple character too, leading to lots of concentration and acidity. Very refreshing - and moreish.' Jade Koch, team leader. 'Great intensity and poise, with a good backbone. This deserves some food.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade. 'A very good expression of the grape, and an interesting wine to play with on a tasting menu.' Raphael Thierry, consultant.