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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

    £15.00

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

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  • 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...
  • Drappier Millésimé Exception 2012 Vegetarian Champagne

    Champagne Drappier Millésimé Exception 2012

    £35.00

    £35.00

    You know when you find something in the sale that fits you like a glove, is marvellously flattering and a total barga...
  • Charles Heidsieck Rose Reserve NV

    Charles Heidsieck Rosé Reserve NV

    £55.00

    £55.00

    A subtle splash of red, in an otherwise black and white world can be powerfully poignant. Like the heart balloon that...
  • Cremant De Loire Chateau Mauny Brut 2015

    Cremant De Loire Chateau Mauny Brut 2015

    £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 ...
  • Drappier Grande Sendree 2008 Vintage Champagne

    Drappier Grande Sendrée 2008 Champagne

    £56.00

    £56.00

    There may have been a bit of a blunder with the spelling of the land the Drappier Grande Sendrée is named after,...
  • 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 ...
  • Lanson Rosé Non Vintage Pink Champagne

    Lanson Rosé NV Champagne

    £40.00

    £40.00

    Pink Champagne? That's all a bit frivolous, isn't it? Well, yes - that's the point of it - but also, no, not necessar...
  • Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV

    Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV Champagne

    £62.00

    £62.00

    Laurent-Perrier Rosé is not so much a Champagne as an adored institution. The delightfully squat, curvaceous b...
  • Pol Roger 2012 Vintage Champagne

    Pol Roger 2012 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 2012 vintage champagne

    Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2012 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 £37.00

    Was £45.00

    £37.00

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

    Prosecco Perlit Brut NV - *Web Exclusive*

    £12.50

    £12.50

    Made by one of Italy's most prestigious wine producers, Cantina di Soave, Prosecco Perlit is rich and velvety with seduc...
  • 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...
  • Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label NV Champagne

    Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label NV Champagne

    £45.00

    £45.00

    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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