An English corker has beaten bottles from France, Spain and Italy in a blind taste test for best Christmas fizz
AN English fizz has beaten rivals from France, Spain and Italy in a blind taste test for the best Christmas bubbly.
Denbies Chalk Valley sparkling wine got the highest mark of 77 per cent from a panel of experts.
Times Newspapers Ltd Experts sampled 240 varieties before (still upright) declaring the Surrey wine the finest[/caption]
If youre after a bottle of award-winning fizz, look no further than Dorking
The £16 bottle, made in Dorking, Surrey, and sold exclusively in Morrisons, was praised for its “brisk fizz and tropical fruity flavour”.
It topped a list of champagne alternatives, costing between £7.50 and £20 and nominated by supermarkets for testing by consumer group Which?.
None of the top-three rated wines was a prosecco. Second was a French sparkling wine, the £11 Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Cremant.
It was praised by the judges as “simple and refreshing”, with “attractive herbal and pear notes”.
Twitter / @Harry_Rose A man of taste…Which? magazine editor Harry Rose[/caption]
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Third spot went to Tesco Finest Franciacorta, a £15 Italian sparkling wine which has been dubbed “this year’s fashionable fizz”.
The highest-ranked prosecco, the Asda £8 Extra Special Prosecco Asolo, was fourth, pipping offerings from Lidl, Aldi and the Co-op.
Experts sampled 240 glasses of wine. Which? Magazine editor Harry Rose said: “The quality and choice on offer this year is good news for lovers of sparkling wine.”
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