If you’re anything like us you’ve already started to stockpile the Prosecco to help you survive, we mean celebrate, the festive period.
But not all fizz is created equal.
Thankfully those lucky bods at Which? have tasted all the festive fizz so you don’t have to. (Hang on.)
And you might be surprised about which bottle of bubbles came out on top.
Yep, forget forking out for fancy fizz because a Prosecco sold by Spar has been named the best own-brand Italian fizz.
The chain’s £10 Valdobbiadene DOCG beat off stiff competition from the big supermarkets to be crowned champion by an independent panel of experts convened by the consumer group Which?
In a blind taste test (where do we sign up to be a tester?) it was awarded a stomping 78 per cent by a panel of five experts, including Charles Metcalfe, of the International Wine Challenge, who complimented the fizz for its “pleasant balance” and “savoury style”.
But it wasn’t the only budget bottle that scored well. Also rated highly was the Asda Fillipo Sansovino Prosecco at £6.50 a bottle and Waitrose’s San Leo Brut NV at £10.99, which both came in just under the Spar bottle with 77 per cent.
Aldi’s Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore at £7.99 a bottle was the lowest-scoring fizz with a rating of just 66 per cent.
Commenting on the findings Nikki Stopford, director of research at Which? told Times: “It just goes to show you don’t have to be a leading supermarket to achieve a Which? best buy accolade. You can now enjoy a glass of best buy Christmas fizz from your local Spar, so get yours while stocks last.
“Shoppers can be confident of getting the best quality prosecco to enjoy over the festive period, knowing it has been independently tasted by the Which? panel of experts.”
The panel gave Veuve Clicquot’s Yellow Label highest ranking in this year’s champagne taste test. While it was the most expensive at £39, the panel praised its “rich and opulent style”, noting that it was nicely balanced and had “good length of flavour”.
And at £35 the ‘very drinkable’ Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut NV Champagne also scored highly. But at the bottom of the fancy fizz was Asda’s Extra Special Premier Cru Champagne Brut (£19), which fell flat with the expert panel because of a lack of fruit and slightly sour flavour.
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