By Anastasia Catherall
The drink once known as “the poor man’s champagne” has become one of the nation’s favourite beverages. Its increased popularity has seen rises in sales over the last year, triumphing over Champagne. Our beloved favourites (Dom Perignon, Bollinger, Lanson and Moet & Chandon) sit patiently on the shelves, their beautiful appearance untouched and perhaps a little dustier this year. It was the most luxurious drink you could buy for a special occasion, just like that designer dress, everyone wanted it and very few could afford it. Whenever I have been lucky enough to drink Champagne I felt privileged and savoured every taste as though I was drinking liquid gold, it always gives you an instant boost making you feel special, there must be something in the bubbles. I have always seen it as a drink of celebratory purposes; a treat and luxury we could not afford every weekend.
It was recently my anniversary and my boyfriend and I went for a meal to celebrate. Rather than sharing a bottle of wine, we bought a bottle of Prosecco and it seemed to make the evening more special – maybe there is something in the bubbles! For any woman, the idea of being treated to something more expensive makes you feel on top of the world, and I am no exception to this rule. In a restaurant an average bottle of wine costs around £14. Meanwhile Prosecco, which costs around £20, is cheap in comparison to Champagne, which will typically set you back around £70. Since my anniversary, it has quite literally whisked me off my feet and is now a regular drink for us to have on weekends. Maybe it’s the bubbles or maybe it’s because its served in elegant glasses which makes me feel more ladylike and sophisticated. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are flooded with pictures of Prosecco. Whether it’s a night on the town or a cosy night in, it seems we cannot be complete without this bubbly Italian drink. There is no needed occasion; it is acceptable in any case.
What’s the difference anyway?
Champagne is produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France following rules that demand secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle to create carbonation. Whereas Prosecco is made from Italian grapes and is not fermented. Their appearance is almost exact, however if you look very closely, you will notice a small difference. Champagne produces very fine bubbles whereas the bubbles from Prosecco are light and fluffy. But let’s face it, none of us would spend hours staring at the glasses making comparisons when we would much rather be drinking it and after a few glasses who would notice?
So why do we prefer Prosecco more than Champagne?
The biggest factor here is cost. Prosecco is much more affordable and in every supermarket you will find at least one brand on offer. During my recent weekly supermarket shop, I scouted out the local offers and noticed there were two bottles of Prosecco on offer; one for £6 and the other £8 a bottle. The top shelf sold champagne from £45 a bottle onwards however the only bottle on offer was Taittinger for £38. The ranges of Prosecco outweighed the selection of Champagne; there was even a magnum bottle of Prosecco for a small price of £13. A magnum bottle is two normal sized bottles in one very large bottle. At that price and value why would you buy champagne for £45 or more? Why would we ever go back to buying Champagne? It’s not just the taste; some people are inspired by their icons. Bollinger for example was featured in more than seven James Bond movies and of course the fabulous Marilyn Monroe who said she would go to bed with just a drop of perfume and wake up to a glass of Piper Heidsieck.
If you haven’t tried Prosecco, have a look at my favourites below. Trust me once you have tried it you won’t want anything else!
Here are our top 5 Prosecco’s:
Menestrello Prosecco Spumante- £12.00
Fillipo Sansovino Prosecco- £8.25
Canti Prosecco Spumante- £7.49
Dina Prosecco Doc £6.49
M&S Prosecco Zardetto NV- £11.99
Keep your eyes peeled in Marks and Spencers as it has been revealed they will be selling winter berries and Prosecco flavoured crisps! It is rumoured to be around Christmas time. So undoubtedly thy will make it into my shopping basket.
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