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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

    Now £10.50

    Was £11.50

    £10.50

    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

    £15.00

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

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  • Bolney Estate Bolney Bubbly NV Sparkling Wine

    Bolney Estate Bubbly NV

    £24.00

    £24.00

    Bolney Wine Estate could quite easily have been the location of a Beatrix Potter novel, so biologically diverse and r...
  • Bolney Estate Kew Sparkling Wine NV

    Bolney Estate Kew Sparkling Wine

    £31.00

    £31.00

    Kew Gardens is an astonishing place; in the midst of the dissipating smog and fleets of Chelsea tractors there is a m...
  • Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV Champagne

    Canard-Duchêne Authentic Brut NV Champagne

    £29.00

    £29.00

    Our French is simple, however we feel that Canard-Duchêne generally interprets as "duck of oak". Furthermore, w...
  • Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur NV Champagne

    Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur NV

    £30.00

    £30.00

    Like Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin and Duke Ellington, Champagne Ayala isn't such a household name these days but, dust o...
  • Charles Heidsieck Blanc De Blancs Champagne NV

    Charles Heidsieck Blanc De Blancs Champagne NV

    £65.00

    £65.00

    Some of us are destined to lead, whereas some of us are ordained to follow. There's nothing inherently wrong with fol...
  • Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve Champagne

    Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve Champagne NV

    £43.00

    £43.00

    Charles Heidsieck is one of the greatest frontiersmen in human history, like Jon Luc Picard or that chap in the Reven...
  • 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...
  • Deutz Brut Classic NV Vegetarian Champagne

    Deutz Brut Classic NV Champagne

    £38.00

    £38.00

    Despite being one of Queen Victoria's favourite wines, it's never done anything to calm old Phil dahn, his loaf of br...
  • 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 ...
  • Gusbourne Rosé Sparkling Wine

    Gusbourne Sparkling Rosé 2014

    £39.00

    £39.00

    Appledore sounds like a realm from Lord of the Rings, populated by wizards, hobbits and dragons. But it's not; it's t...
  • Henri Harlin NV Champagne

    Henri Harlin NV Champagne

    Now £19.00

    Was £24.00

    £19.00

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

    Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV Champagne

    £62.00

    £62.00

    Buy any Laurent-Perrier Champagne before 27th November 2018 to be in for the chance of winning an Exclusive La...
  • Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee NV Champagne

    Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée NV

    £44.00

    £44.00

    Buy any Laurent-Perrier Champagne before 27th November 2018 to be in for the chance of winning an Exclusive...
  • MM Cava Reserva de Familia 2012 Spanish Sparkling Wine

    MM Gran Reserva Vintage Brut Nature Cava 2013

    £15.00

    £15.00

    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

    £12.50

    £12.50

    The Marqués was more than aware any child he sired would have to live up to his name. He also understood that wa...
  • Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial NV Champagne

    Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial NV Champagne

    £55.00

    £55.00

    A fine young gent who goes by the name Vanilla Ice asked us to 'check out the hook while his DJ resolved it... Ice ic...
  • Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV

    Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV

    Now £39.00

    Was £44.00

    £39.00

    Some of the greatest unions begin with a marriage, Marie and Pierre Curie’s relationship led to some of the most signi...
  • Pol Roger 2009 Vintage Champagne

    Pol Roger 2009 Vintage Champagne

    £76.00

    £76.00

    One of the hardest things about being brilliant is the pressure to follow on with something equally impressive. Look ...
  • Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2009 vintage champagne

    Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2009 Vintage Champagne

    £89.00

    £89.00

    The Blanc de Blancs is a speciality of the house, made from 100% Chardonnay sourced from Grand Cru vineyards, solely ...
  • Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Champagne

    Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Champagne

    Now £35.00

    Was £45.00

    £35.00

    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

    £94.00

    £94.00

    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

    Now £10.50

    Was £11.50

    £10.50

    A fabulously fun and fruity off-dry number, this classic Italian fizz has become adored by Latin lovers for its soft ...
  • Prosecco Ca'Rosa - Magnum

    Prosecco Ca'Rosa - Magnum

    £24.00

    £24.00

    MAGNUM SIZE A fabulously fun and fruity off-dry number, this classic Italian fizz has become adored by Latin ...
  • 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 ...
  • Roederer Estate Quartet NV

    Roederer Estate Quartet NV

    £26.00

    £26.00

    To wine geeks, Roederer is best known for the sheer quality of their fizz, but to the world at large, they're probabl...
  • Ruinart Rosé NV Champagne - Half Bottle - 375ml

    Ruinart Rosé NV Champagne - Half Bottle - 375ml

    £32.00

    £32.00

    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...
  • Taittinger 2009 Vintage Champagne

    Taittinger 2009 Vintage Champagne

    £50.00

    £50.00

    The Taittinger house style is crisp and elegant, with a creamy richness that's emphasised in the 2009 vintage with it...
  • Taittinger Brut NV Champagne

    Taittinger Brut NV Champagne

    £39.00

    £39.00

    Classic Champagne. And a no-risk, fail-safe guarantee of good order. Taittinger is one of the thoroughbreds and might...
  • Taittinger Rosé Non Vintage Champagne

    Taittinger Rosé NV Champagne

    Now £39.00

    Was £49.00

    £39.00

    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

    £8.75

    £8.75

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

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