Magnum force: bigger bottles to make parties pop

Magnums make a great first impression, and these four jumbo fizzes should be just the ticket to help make your party pop

Magnums make a great first impression at parties

JUST in time for the festive season, we're fizzing with delight that so many of our favourite bubbles are available in bumper size.

Helping to deliver the wow factor, a magnum makes a great first impression and, not only do they feel special and look impressive, they're also hugely practical on a grand scale.

The next size up from a 75cl bottle, 1.5 litres is the equivalent to two standard bottles and will serve 12 x 125ml glasses, and create some wonderful theatre while keeping your guests happy.

To help guide you through the supermarket's spectrum of sparkle, we caught up with five of our favourite retailers to hear their thoughts on how to double the drinking pleasure...

:: M&S Prosecco Magnum, Italy (£18 from £21, December 5-January 1, Marks & Spencer)

"Magnums are the perfect party piece, they add that extra sparkle to the festive dinner table and really set the tone of a special occasion," says Emma Dawson, M&S wine buyer.

"Any wine ages more slowly in a magnum, which also means you can count on them to show wines at their best. With sparkling wines this means they preserve their fruit flavours really well.

"Prosecco without a doubt will be our biggest seller this Christmas. Our customers love that fizz in any shape or size. But why stop with a magnum when you can also buy a jeroboam (the equivalent of four bottles or three litres)?"

However, you may need a strong person to lift the bottle and pour.

:: Tesco Finest Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Magnum, Italy (£19, Tesco, in-store only)

"We are excited to offer two of our fantastic proseccos in magnum format," says Rob Dixon, champagne and sparkling buyer, Tesco.

"Large format bottles will bring excitement and show to any party this season, and our Tesco Finest Valdobbiadene Prosecco Magnum is cheaper than buying two bottles, and you can still fit it in your fridge, unlike some of the larger formats"

A quality prosecco, it's utterly delicious with plenty of white orchard fruits and pretty aromatics.

:: Taste the Difference Cremant de Loire NV, Magnum, France (£22, Sainsbury's, in-store only)

Sainsbury's Cremant de Loire launched last autumn in time for the Christmas party season and this year they're selling it in a magnum - it makes an affordable French alternative to Champagne.

The chenin blanc based bubbles are made in the same way as champagne using the methode traditionnelle and it's rich on the palate, yet has a zesty apple freshness. Perfect served as an aperitif with canapes and party bites.

:: Henri Delattre Champagne Magnum, France (£29.99, in-store from November 30, Lidl, in-store only)

For an attention seeker that boasts good lineage, Lidl have it nailed with their Henri Delattre champers.

"If an occasion is made more special by a bottle of champagne, imagine the impact of a magnum. Perfect for Christmas festivities, this is an attractive, tasty champagne with a dry finish - great on its own or with savoury canapes," says Richard Bampfield, master of wine consultant.

Chin, chin!

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