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
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
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
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