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“To be made into sparkling wine, is to win first prize in the lottery of grapehood.” – Sir Isaac Newton. Alright you got us, Newton didn’t say that, he was much more concerned about apples than grapes. Bet if we’d said it was Oscar Wilde you would’ve bought it though, that’s just the sort of thing he’d come up with.

Many people don’t think too much about the grapes that go into sparkling wines. It’s just Champagne or Prosecco or Cava, they rock and that’s about all we care to bother ourselves with. Don’t write off a bit of esoteric knowledge, you never know what pub quiz you might find yourself in, being questioned about the grapes grown in Champagne...

Traditional Champagne is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, although you can get single varietals of all these. Blanc de Blanc will typically be 100% Chardonnay. Blanc de Noir will be a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, similar story with rosé Champagne. Whereas if you’re dealing with the Glera grape, you’ve probably got yourself a Prosecco. Cava is typically made with a blend of Macabeo and Parellada, the more you know, right? Because knowledge is power!

  • Jansz Brut NV Sparkling Wine

    £17.50

    £17.50

    Jansz is like a Champagne house in a parallel universe, which enjoys the same cool, temperate weather, but where everyone is laid back in that idiosyncratically Australian way.
  • Prosecco Ca'Rosa

    £11.00

    £11.00

    A fabulously fun and fruity off-dry number, this classic Italian fizz makes for a gorgeous celebratory tipple.
  • Champagne Ayala Blanc de Blancs 2008 Vintage Champagne

    £55.00

    £55.00

    With lemon freshness, beautiful levity and notes of springtime blossom, Champagne Ayala’s 2007 Blanc de Blancs is sheer, bottled joy.
  • Drappier Cuvée Saint-Georges NV Champagne

    £25.00

    £25.00

    Exclusive to Oddbins, Drappier's Cuvée Saint-Georges is a sensationally rich and elegant champagne with complex flavours.
  • MM Gran Reserva Vintage Brut Nature Cava 2012

    Now £13.50

    Was £15.00

    £13.50

    An intense and fresh Cava with flavours of dried nuts, toasted bread and citrus.

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  • Anna De Codorniu Brut Nature NV Cava Vegetarian Sparkling White Wine

    Anna De Codorniu Brut Nature NV Cava

    £11.00

    £11.00

    Codorniu has an impressive 500 year history and is still, amazingly, a family-run enterprise. The Codorníus we...
  • Antoine Remy Champagne Non Vintage AOC

    Antoine Remy NV Champagne

    £27.00

    £27.00

    This boutique and thoroughly modern Champagne is proof that it's possible to invest in the future and still have fun ...
  • Bollinger Special Cuvee NV Champagne - Magnum

    Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne - Magnum

    £95.00

    £95.00

    They say great things come in small packages. We beg to differ. This magnum sized bottle, for example, contains a li...
  • Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV Champagne - 37.5CL - HALF BOTTLE

    Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV - Half Bottle 375ml

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Our French is rudimentary, but we think that Canard-Duchêne roughly translates as "duck of oak". And we believe ...
  • Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV Champagne Magnum

    Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV Champagne - Magnum

    £55.00

    £55.00

    Our French is simple, however we feel that Canard-Duchêne generally interprets as "duck of oak". Furthermore, w...
  • Cava Condesa Blanca Brut NV Sparkling Wine

    Cava Condesa Blanca Brut NV

    £8.50

    £8.50

    This bargain Cava offers proof that Spanish fizz at this price isn't just a cheap alternative to Champagne, but can b...
  • Tarlant Brut Nature Zero NV Vegan and Vegetarian Champagne

    Champagne Tarlant Brut Nature Zero NV

    £37.00

    £37.00

    This is the Champagne that delivers 0% sugar and 100% flavour, baby! Made in the same way as Tarlant's Reserve Brut b...
  • Cremant Extra-Brut De Limoux Delafont Millesime 2013

    Crémant Extra-Brut De Limoux Delafont 2013

    £23.00

    £23.00

    It's well known the French were great pioneers of "human-carrying flight technology". However, it's less well known t...
  • Dom Pérignon 2009 Vintage Champage - Magnum

    Dom Pérignon 2009 Vintage Champage - Magnum

    £325.00

    £325.00

    Since 1921, Dom Pérignon has more or less defined the term ‘vintage champagne’, not least because ...
  • Dom Perignon 2006 Vintage Champagne

    Dom Pérignon 2009 Vintage Champagne

    £135.00

    £135.00

    Since 1921, Dom Pérignon has more or less defined the term ‘vintage champagne’, not least because ...
  • Jansz NV Sparkling Wine

    Jansz Brut NV Sparkling Wine

    £17.50

    £17.50

    Jansz is like a Champagne house in a parallel universe, which enjoys the same cool, temperate weather, but where ever...
  • Jansz Rosé NV Sparkling Wine

    Jansz Rosé NV Sparkling Wine

    £18.00

    £18.00

    You know when you should buy Jansz rosé? Any time you're feeling romantic, any time you're feeling whimsical, an...
  • Lanson Black Label Champagne NV

    Lanson Black Label NV Champagne

    £35.00

    £35.00

    Do not be fooled by the Maltese Cross and the black uniform that Lanson wears, it is not a member of the St John Ambu...
  • Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee NV Champagne

    Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée NV

    Now £29.00

    Was £43.00

    £29.00

    A casual glance down the list of prominent Champagne names will, before long, reveal Laurent-Perrier as one of the le...
  • Loimer Sparkling Extra Brut NV Vegan and Vegetarian White Wine

    Loimer Sparkling Extra Brut NV

    £21.00

    £21.00

    When you think of sparkling wine grapes, you might automatically gravitate to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunie...
  • Lyme Bay Sparkling Brut Rosé 2014 English Sparkling Wine

    Lyme Bay Sparkling Brut Rosé 2014

    £25.00

    £25.00

    Given finding them usually involves whacking a rock with a hammer, it's a miracle any fossils remain intact. Especial...
  • Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV Champagne - 37.5CL
    ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015*** The ultimate groupies' Champagne, one can imagine this ...
  • Philippe Guidon Brut NV Champagne

    Philippe Guidon Brut NV Champagne

    £22.00

    £22.00

    ***Commended at the International Wine Challenge 2015*** Of all the lesser-known, under-heralded Champagnes t...
  • Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Champagne

    Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Champagne

    Now £37.00

    Was £43.00

    £37.00

    Good old Pol Roger! The noblest of the Champagne houses and one of the region's elder statesmen. The consistent class...
  • Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Champagne - Magnum

    Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Champagne - Magnum

    £89.00

    £89.00

    Good old Pol Roger! The noblest of the Champagne houses and one of the region's elder statesmen. The consistent class...
  • Prosecco Ca'Rosa Sparkling Wine

    Prosecco Ca'Rosa

    £11.00

    £11.00

    A fabulously fun and fruity off-dry number, this classic Italian fizz has become adored by Latin lovers for its soft ...
  • Prosecco Quadri Extra Dry NV

    Prosecco Quadri Extra Dry NV

    £9.50

    £9.50

    Carlo decided that for their anniversary this year he would buy his sweetheart something truly special. Having heard ...
  • Renaixença Cava Brut NV

    Renaixença Cava Brut NV

    £12.00

    £12.00

    We love onomatopoeic words. Zip. Shuffle. Whoosh! They do more than convey meaning, they bring words to life. So sayi...
  • Ruinart Rosé NV

    Ruinart Rosé NV Champagne

    £62.00

    £62.00

    Ruinart is not a call to write on a Rothko, paint over a Banksy or put a traffic cone on a statue; it's the oldest Ch...
  • Torre Oria Cava Reserva NV

    Torre Oria Cava Reserva NV

    Now £9.50

    Was £10.50

    £9.50

    This top selling fizz is the more rounded of our Cavas and, is not quite as dry-seeming as the others in the range. T...
  • Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label NV Champagne

    Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label NV Champagne

    £44.00

    £44.00

    In the same way that, in the natural world, many animals are drawn to the mate with the most colourful foliage/colour...

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