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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

    £12.00

    £12.00

    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 2013

    £15.00

    £15.50

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

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  • Cami de Flors Brut Organic Cava NV

    Cami de Flors Brut Organic Cava NV

    Now £12.00

    Was £14.00

    £12.00

    We like to think of Cava as the Matthew McConaughey of sparkling wines. No one really took it seriously during the 90s, ...
  • 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

    Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV Champagne

    Now £22.00

    Was £30.00

    £22.00

    Our French is simple, however we feel that Canard-Duchêne generally interprets as "duck of oak". Furthermore, w...
  • 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...
  • Crémant de Bourgogne 'Blanc de Blancs' Cave de Lugny NV
    If you're one of those for whom the presentation value and the a-la-Francaise element of a Champagne are essential bu...
  • Cremant De Loire Chateau Mauny Brut 2016

    Crémant De Loire Château Mauny Brut 2016

    £15.00

    £15.00

    This crisp and fruity sparkling wine is a great alternative to Champagne. Pale yellow with golden hints, it expresses th...
  • Drappier Cuvée Saint-Georges NV Champagne

    Drappier Cuvée Saint-Georges NV Champagne

    £25.00

    £25.00

    When you think Pinot Noir you picture deliciously soft, silky and smooth red wines with juicy red berry flavours and ...
  • Henri Harlin NV Champagne

    Henri Harlin NV Champagne

    £24.00

    £24.00

    Meunier has a growing reputation among the Champagneophiles of the world. For some time, it was considered the least ...
  • Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV

    Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV Champagne

    Now £50.00

    Was £62.00

    £50.00

    Laurent-Perrier Rosé is not so much a Champagne as an adored institution. The delightfully squat, curvaceous b...
  • Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee NV Champagne

    Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée NV

    Now £29.00

    Was £44.00

    £29.00

    A casual glance down the list of prominent Champagne names will, before long, reveal Laurent-Perrier as one of the le...
  • Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV

    Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne

    £45.00

    £45.00

    Could this Champagne house be the king of all Champagne? It's a good bet, and you won't get better odds on many other...
  • Cristal 2007 Louis Roederer Champagne Vintage

    Louis Roederer Cristal 2009 Vintage Champagne

    £180.00

    £180.00

    The curiosity and intrigue that this label has attracted over the last decade or so, still makes Cristal the ultimate...
  • MM Cava Reserva de Familia 2012 Spanish Sparkling Wine

    MM Gran Reserva Vintage Brut Nature Cava 2013

    £15.50

    £15.50

    Bringing a descendant into the world is a great responsibility. Particularly when they'll have a name to live up to. ...
  • MM Cava Rosé Reserva de la Famlia 2014

    MM Reserva Vintage Brut Rosé Cava 2014

    £13.50

    £13.50

    The Marqués was more than aware any child he sired would have to live up to his name. He also understood that wa...
  • Möet & Chandon Brut Impérial NV

    Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV Champagne

    £40.00

    £40.00

    ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015*** Moët & Chandon: probably the most famous and i...
  • Pol Roger 2012 Vintage Champagne

    Pol Roger 2012 Vintage Champagne

    £80.00

    £80.00

    One of the hardest things about being brilliant is the pressure to follow on with something equally impressive. Look ...
  • Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Champagne

    Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Champagne

    £45.00

    £45.00

    Good old Pol Roger! The noblest of the Champagne houses and one of the region's elder statesmen. The consistent class...
  • Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2008
    'My tastes are simple. I am easily satisfied with the best!' is one of the many erudite witticisms for Sir Winston Ch...
  • Pommery Brut Royal NV Champagne

    Pommery Brut Royal NV Champagne

    Now £30.00

    Was £39.00

    £30.00

    Every bottle of wine is a mystery; before the cork is popped it has the potential to be both exceptional and thoroughly ...
  • Prosecco Ca'Rosa Sparkling Wine

    Prosecco Ca'Rosa

    £12.00

    £12.00

    A fabulously fun and fruity off-dry number, this classic Italian fizz has become adored by Latin lovers for its soft ...
  • Prosecco Trevisana Extra Dry 2018

    Prosecco Trevisana Extra Dry 2018

    £11.00

    £11.00

    How can something be 'Extra Dry?' we hear you ask. After all, you don't jump out the shower and towel yourself down past...
  • Resso Cava Brut Nature NV

    Resso Cava Brut Nature NV

    Now £10.00

    Was £12.00

    £10.00

    The name of this wine Ressò, meaning echo in English, is perhaps a reference to the Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus, a...
  • Taittinger 2012 Vintage Champagne

    Taittinger 2013 Vintage Champagne

    Now £40.00

    Was £50.00

    £40.00

    The Taittinger house style is crisp and elegant, with a creamy richness that's emphasised in the 2013 vintage with it...
  • Taittinger Rosé Non Vintage Champagne

    Taittinger Rosé NV Champagne

    £49.00

    £49.00

    Taittinger's Rosé is a deep, ruby tinted pink. It's almost exactly the colour of quince jelly - and in the same...
  • Valhondo Cava NV Sparkling Wine

    Valhondo Cava NV

    £9.00

    £9.00

    Since the Great British Bake Off's rise to TV supremacy, like a quaint, mild-mannered Alexander the Great, the UK has...

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