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Inside Knowledge: Which is the best party fizz?



The best fizz for parties




In Short:

Planning a party? You need the right sparkling wine for your celebrations – here’s how to pick the perfect bottle for every party from a casual barbecue to an unforgettable wedding reception.


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Sparkling wine can turn any moment into a celebration, whether it’s opening a bottle of Prosecco with friends at the weekend or starting a really special meal with a glass of Champagne. 


If you’re planning a party, fizz is top of the list for making your event one to remember. Opening a bottle of sparkling wine will make any guest feel like celebrating, whatever the size or occasion. 


But with such a huge range of fizz being crafted around the world, how do you know which wine is right for your party? 



Casual Gatherings

Friends coming round to watch the match? An impromptu barbecue with the neighbours? If you’re planning something informal or it’s a last minute party, you want something that’s as easy-going as the atmosphere. 

What: Cava

Why: Made in north east Spain, Cava has a long history of quality, made in the same way as Champagne (the wine is bottled then fermented a second time to add the fizz) but with different grapes. You’ll get all of the flavour but with the relaxed warmth of typical Spanish hospitality. 


Cava


Dinner Parties

When you’re putting thought and effort into your food, you need to find a bottle that will complement a variety of dishes, with a label that you’re proud to serve up to your guests. 

What: English Sparkling

Why: It’s not news anymore that England produces some of the finest sparkling wine in the world. It’s made with the same grapes and the same method as Champagne, plus the influence of England’s unique climate and soils. This gives it flavour and elegance to be enjoyed by itself or with canapes, seafood and fish dishes. And with English wineries going from strength to strength, you might even find something local for an extra personal touch.


English Sparkling


Big Events

At a big party or wedding, you want to make sure you can be a generous host whatever your budget. You’ll need something which makes guests feel special, which adds excitement and elegance to a large event, and offers great value for money even on a bigger scale.

What: Cremant

Why: Cremant is an absolute winner here - made in France with the same method as Champagne, it looks and tastes the part but without the Champagne price tag. Look at regions like Burgundy, Loire and Alsace for great examples - they’ll have enough flavour to match well with canapes, but will make for the perfect pouring sparkling wine throughout a party.


Cremant


For a Toast

When you’ve managed to get friends and family in one place to celebrate, it’s worth recognising the occasion with a few words. Whether you’re giving a full speech or just a brief note of thanks, make sure you fill your guest’s glasses with something worthy of the moment.

What: Vintage Champagne

Why: You only need a small glass for each guest to raise a toast, so it’s a great opportunity to choose something worth savouring. Vintage Champagne is only made in the very best years, and typically has extra depths of flavour and complexity, perfect for raising a glass to a party to remember.



Summer Parties

Although the British weather may be far from predictable, it’s still worth choosing the right bottle for the season. In summer, you’ll need something that will taste great whatever the temperature.

What: Prosecco DOCG

Why: Prosecco is the ultimate summer refresher - it’s a lighter style of sparkling wine, with fresh fruit flavours and a crisp finish. It’s perfect for pouring during a wedding drinks reception or garden party, or using in any spritzes if you want to offer a summer sparkler with a difference. DOCG is the certification for the highest quality of Prosecco, so you know you’re offering something special.








At Majestic, we’re the experts in putting together perfect events. And with our unbeatable services – free glass hire, free sale or return, ice delivered and unparallelled in-store expertise – we’re on hand to help.


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