Sparkling

Irish Independent - Weekend Magazine - - WEEKEND MAGAZINE COMPETITION -

If you’re look­ing for bar­gain bub­bly that also tastes great, this French fizz, made from 100pc Chardon­nay, is de­li­ciously re­fresh­ing, with a crisp wash of green ap­ples. A real crowd pleaser at a price that al­lows you to keep pour­ing. Per­fect for a sum­mer evening with friends. Aldi

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Made by the same method as Prosecco, this well-priced fizz from South East­ern Aus­tralia is per­fect for kick­ing off an evening, with its lively bub­bles and gen­tle lemon and ap­ple char­ac­ter. Try it with The Food Medic’s turmeric roasted cau­li­flower with cur­ried chick­peas (see page 14). Su­perValu, Tesco, in­de­pen­dents na­tion­wide and wine­soft­he­world.ie

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Cava, which is made by the same tra­di­tional method as Cham­pagne, is pro­duced in the Cat­alo­nia re­gion of Spain us­ing three lo­cal grape va­ri­eties. The Villa Conchi also has some Chardon­nay in the blend, which brings a good bal­ance be­tween fruits, and a rounded note of toast. A de­li­cious apéri­tif, or serve with sal­ads and light fish dishes.

Swans on the Green, Naas; Cin­na­mon Cot­tage, Cork; Sear­sons Wine Mer­chants, Monkstown Co Dublin, and sear­sons.com

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A long week­end is the per­fect time to treat yourself to some top-notch bub­bles and this Cré­mant de Loire is a real al­ter­na­tive to qual­ity Cham­pagne. Made by the same method, this blend of hand­har­vested Chardon­nay, Pinot Noir and Caber­net Franc is light and el­e­gant with golden fruity ac­cents and a lin­ger­ing fin­ish. Wines Di­rect at Arnotts in Dublin, and on­line at wines­di­rect.ie 29 April 2017

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