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Pop some fizz? Lovely bubbly.. DRINK.


THERE'LL be mayhem in the aisles and filthy looks aplenty this weekend as the masses try and fill their bags-for-life with the latest cheap wine to get a gold star.

Well, Cremant de Bourgogne Blanc NV didn't get a gold star, but a "Silver Outstanding" award at the International Wine & Spirits Competition. But at PS7.99 a bottle who's going to quibble over the precious metal?

Veuve Clicquot 2008 vintage Champagne also got one and it's PS50 a touch at Sainsbury's. Most of us, unless we are strong-arming Theresa May for a few quid for infrastructure projects and expensive carryouts, will be spending PS8 on drink tonight not PS50.

The Cremant is one of Lidl's offerings, but, sadly it's not available here for some reason. So, stay put and have a think about all the other Cremants out there.

As I've said before, Cremant is generally good gear if you're looking for value. There's Cremant, basically sparkling wine made in France but outside Champagne, to be had from all over France like Loire, Alsace and Limoux. The grapes used will depend on which region the Cremant comes from.

Many of the supermarkets have decent Cremant, Sainsbury's do a cracker from Loire, and it's cheap compared to Champagne. It's usually quite soft too, I've found, with stone fruit and nice toastiness compared to Champers that can be a little sharp if you're not paying out decent money.

Cava offers good value too, especially now that Prosecco's all the rage. As I always say, if it's getting too trendy take a look at the wines that need to try a little harder to grab your attention.

They're often made by the big reliable Cava producers Codorniu or Freixnet with the traditional blend of Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada grapes.

Oddly enough the term Cava only goes back to 1970 when the Spanish decided to drop the name Champana. It comes from the word for cellar in Catalonia where most Cava is made.

Obviously, as per any wine, visit your local independent and ask them for a nice non-Champers sparkler. So if you fancy a decent value fizz this weekend, at least you'll be spared riots in the aisles. Try one of these in your own time.

If it's too trendy.. look at the wines that need to try harder

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 24, 2017
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