Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Raise a Glass

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Raise a Glass

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Byline: with Jane Clare

IT'S time to brush up on the lyrics to those classic Christmas tunes; pull on a festive jumper and have a jolly good time with chums and your nearest and dearest. There's no better way to add sparkle to the fun than with a bottle of fizz. Here's some ideas.

UNDER A TENNER Camoli Moscato |(PS4.99, Aldi) - The word "dolce" on the label means "sweet" - but don't turn your nose up just yet. Pop this in the fridge and give it a humdinger of a good chill and at only 6% abv it'll tingle your senses at the start of an evening without slam-dunking them into shock before all your pals arrive. Also a great tastebud tease with pudding.

Allini Prosecco Extra |Dry (Lidl, PS5.29) - Add the fizz factor to Christmas without paying champagne prices. This is a highly drinkable alternative packed with bubbles and with a pleasant aftertaste. Fruity with a dry bite, it also works well if you want to serve up some festive cocktails. Christmas in a glass.

Perlezza Prosecco |(Spar, PS6, down from PS9, until January 1) - This pretty prosecco has won a couple of awards, including a silver in this year's International Wine and Spirits competition. Enjoy it as you wrap the presents. Or sit back and enjoy it even more as you watch your other half wrap the pressies.

|ES BVintage The Society's |Prosecco, (The Wine Society, PS9.50) - The grapes for this prosecco are grown on a steep slope in vineyards near an abbey in Treviso which belonged to 15th century Dominican monks. Think of those romantic surroundings as you sneak in a moment under the mistletoe. Clink clink with wisps of nectarine and pears and a memory of summertime honeysuckle. It is crisp, zesty, mouthwatering.

BUBBLES OVER PS10 Codorniu Cuvee |Barcelona Brut (RRP PS12.99 Sainsbury's and Waitrose) - Cava is made in the same way as champagne but with different grapes and has more flavour and complexity than prosecco. …

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