Cremant de Loire Rosé, Loire Valley, France, £10, Centra & SuperValu from Dec 5-31.
Kick off the celebrations with this classy French sparkling wine from the Loire Valley – made using the same method as Rosé Champagne, with fresh strawberry flavours and notes of lemon. This is quite a serious Rosé from the that represents excellent value for money. It is crisp and delicate but also has a real depth with a structured palate that leads to a long lingering finish. Perfect with a classic prawn cocktail.
Freixenet Cordon Negro Cava Limited Edition, Spain, £11, Asda
Another popular bubbly, Freixenet’s glamorous gold sequin wrap makes this wine a standout choice. Cited as the biggest name in Spanish sparkling wine, this constantly reliable top-drawer Cava always tastes fresh, with its persistent beads and flavoursome lemon-apple notes. It is clean and crisp and has a fresh palate of apple, ripe pear and bright citrus flavours. There is even an exciting touch of ginger on the finish too...
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Diablo Golden Chardonnay, Chile, was £10, now £8, Sainsbury’s
This Chardonnay impresses from the first sip with its striking freshness. Made with grapes picked at the exact moment of ripeness which deliver fresh, distinctive character. It will draw you in thanks to its mineral notes and subtle hints of citrus and peach. It’s quite a versatile wine, and would pair up well with shellfish and pastas with creamy sauces. A good partner for turkey as well...