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news liquid; A sparkling celebration.

THERE'S nothing quite like the sound of corks popping to make a festive party sparkle, and these brilliant bubbles more than rise to the occasion...

'SPAR' TACULAR | First impressions count and a magnum (the equivalent of two bottles) will not only impress your friends and family with its size, but with its taste too. The clever folks at Spar have released Magnum Perlezza Prosecco Brut, Italy (PS13.33 from PS20, now until January 21, Spar) in a large format size and it certainly looks the part. Meaning pearls, Perlezza is an award-winning prosecco in a brut style (dry) with less sweetness than extra dry (off sweet) and the perfect match with all those savoury Christmas canapes.

A REAL PEACH | Soft and delicate and displaying all the classic notes of white peach, ripe pears and perfumed honeysuckle, bolstered by a deliciously pure freshness, Guerrieri Rizzardi Prosecco Extra Dry NV DOC Treviso, Italy (PS10.60 per bottle when you buy case of six, PS63.62, available from December 17, has enough structure to pair it with antipasti. This Venetian staple from a historic wine producer is a world away from bland bubbles.

CRACKING GOOD CAVA | The perfect fun sparkler, Taste the Difference Vintage Cava, Spain (PS7 from PS9.50, now until December 9, Sainsbury's) is a great value alternative to champagne if you're entertaining a crowd, or just fancy a drop of fizz to sip throughout the holidays. Citrusy with an attractive creamy texture and light, toasty note, you can always top it up with fresh orange juice on Christmas morning for a festive Bucks Fizz.

SHIMMERING IN GOLD | A delicious cremant from Saumur in the Loire Valley, Langlois Chateau Cremant De Loire Blanc Brut, France (PS12.77, is made in the traditional method and the chalky soil and high content of chenin blanc lends a minerally freshness to the ripe, fruity flavours and elegant mouthfeel. Aged on lees for a minimum of 24 months (rather than the usual 12) adds some extra roundness and structure to the tiny beads of bubbles.

MADE IN ITALY | Another high quality sparkling wine, Franciacorta is Italy's answer to champagne and Berlucchi Cuvee Imperiale NV Franciacorta DOCG, Lombardy, Italy (PS22.49, or PS14.98 when you mix and match two, Majestic) is made in the traditional method using chardonnay and pinot noir (champagne grapes). Refined and classy, only wines from the best vineyards can be labelled DOCG (look for the 'G' as a guarantee for greatness) and it's light on its feet with citrusy aromas and a subtle, savoury character.

CHANDON C'EST CHIC | Argentina has joined the A-list with the release of Chandon Brut NV Argentina (PS19.49, or PS12.98 when you mix and match two, Majestic), the South American cousin to French champagne house Moet & Chandon. A fun favourite on Buenos Aries wine lists for years, it's making its debut this Christmas and the gold label even has a shooting star through the 'A' for some extra pizzazz.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 5, 2014
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