Discover our exclusive range of  Prosecco, Cava and sparkling wines

Champagne is, for many, the drink for a special occasion, but the French sparkling wine is not the only one that knows how to put on a show. And while we would never want to burst the bubble of this grande dame, it would be churlish to ignore the other beauties in this category.

It seems Britain can’t get enough of all that fizzes, with sales of the bubbly stuff rising 80 per cent within the last five years to 31.6 million gallons, and with today’s savvier consumers aware that ‘champagne’ is, after all, simply sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region, the competition is increasing.

So just what is the difference between a Prosecco, a Champagne and a Cava, apart from the price?

Prosecco…

As with champagne in France, there are strict rules about which wines can be labelled as Prosecco and it is actually illegal for wine producers anywhere outside northeastern Italy to do so.

The drink is produced mainly in the Veneto region of Italy in four locations: Valdobbiadene, Treviso, Conegliano and Cartizze.

Less than one per cent of all Prosecco is produced in Cartizze’s beautiful vineyards on the hills, and it is this that is the most sought after.

The wines from this area are considered to be the best thanks to its microclimate, which gives the grapes their fine flavour and brings a unique quality to the Prosecco.

Here’s a few of our favourites….

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Available at Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant…

La Rivetta Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze DOCG – Villa Sandi

As with champagne in France, there are strict rules about which wines can be labelled as Prosecco and it is actually illegal for wine producers anywhere outside northeastern Italy to do so.

The drink is produced mainly in the Veneto region of Italy in four locations: Valdobbiadene, Treviso, Conegliano and Cartizze.

Less than one per cent of all Prosecco is produced in Cartizze’s beautiful vineyards on the hills, and it is this that is the most sought after.

The wines from this area are considered to be the best thanks to its microclimate, which gives the grapes their fine flavour and brings a unique quality to the Prosecco.

Franciacorta…

Franciacorta, as close to champagne as Italy comes, is made in the same way as champagne and produced in the Lombardy region.

The latest buzzword among Milan’s fashionable set, it is a fun and sociable option you can enjoy with friends at any time and not just on special occasions.

Its aging process is actually even longer that that of champagne, which must rest for at least 18 months compared to 25 months for Franciacorta.

The grapes used are a combination of chardonnay, pinot noir, and, to a lesser extent, Pinot Bianco, the chardonnay lending the drink the elegant minerality of fine champagne, while the pinot noir adds depth.

Here’s a few of our favourites….

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Available at Piccolino…

Try our Franciacorta Cuvée Imperiale Max Rosé DOCG at Piccolino from producer Berlucchi, priced at £48 and composed of 55 per cent Pinot Nero grapes and 45 per cent Chardonnay.

Or at Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant we have the Milledi Franciacorta Rosé DOCG Brut priced at £36.

Made from 100 per cent Chardonnay grapes, this wine is full of flavour and its  unusually elegant bottle shape adds a sense of theatre and glamour to the tasting experience.

English sparkling wine…

Available at The Restaurant Bar & Grill…

If you’re feeling patriotic however and want to see what England has to offer in the fizz field, you can’t go wrong with a Henners.

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Made using the same grapes champagne is made from, the same soil, which gives the drink its acidity, and the same method, Henners is better than some champagnes and a good deal less expensive.

Ripe pear and white flower flavours combine with citrus and apple notes to make it a perfect choice as an aperitif or celebration wine.

At Restaurant Bar & Grill Henners Brut 2010 is available at £40 for a bottle and is also served by the glass, at £8.75.

So make like the queen and fly the flag for England while discovering a delightful fizz full of finesse!