Find champagne for less and more fizz that doesn't cost a fortune with our edit of quality sparkling wines at high street prices
Find champagne for less and more fizz that doesn’t cost a fortune with our edit of quality sparkling wines at high street prices, from Waitrose to Lidl. Of course, this is especially important now that there is potentially a shortage of prosecco about to hit, with rumours sending Facebook and Twitter into meltdown this week…
Fizz isn’t all about Champagne, prosecco and cava – we love some of the lesser known names too. Our top picks include Moscato for sparkling on the sweeter side, Sauvignon Blanc for a floral fizz and a crisp sparkling English rosé at a great price.
These aren’t just for toasting and celebrations. Fizz is perfect as a base for cocktails too! Forget the classic Champagne cocktail, Mimosa and Kir Royale – we love it with a sprig of fresh mint, a slice of green apple and a dash of elderflower cordial.
The delicate flavours lend themselves effortlessly to both sweet and savoury dishes. Our smoked salmon and caviar blinis are delicious with a classic French Champagne, but why not try a Moscato Spumante with fig and black olive tapenade crostini?
Sparkling rosé wines are a fab pairing with most desserts, especially in fruity summer puddings. Lighter rosé wine’s will pair well with this show-stopping strawberry charlotte and the darker, heavier rosé’s are a great match for some indulgent chocolate brownies.
Don’t forget these aren’t just for drinking! Any of these will be delicious in some of our favourite dinner party pudding recipes too. Try raspberry and pink champagne jelly for a real treat. At these prices, you don’t need any excuses to pop a bottle or two this weekend!
This Tesco finest* Vintage Champagne (pictured) is £25 the perfect fizz for Christmas or a special occasion. It’s nicely mature, made entirely from the Chardonnay grape. 2009 was a warm vintage and this is quite a forward style that’s ready to drink.
Click through to see more fizz that doesn’t cost a fortune…
Take a look at the latest woman&home’s wine club offers.
Sourced from the Jura region of France, close to the Swiss border, this is a standby party fizz. Made entirely from Chardonnay – it’s a so-called Blanc de Blancs – it’s spicy, savoury and oatmealy with crisp acidity.
Available for £7.49 from Aldi
Unlike some Cavas, this is only made from native Spanish grapes: Macabeo blended with 40% Parellada. Bone dry in style, it’s complex, with white pepper and umami notes, an da hint of wild mushrooms.
Available for £10.99 from Wine Rack.
Pieter “Bubbles” Ferreira is the best sparkling winemaker in the Cape – his superb blend of Chardonnay with 47% Pinot Noir is refreshing, stylishly balanced and a great-value New World fizz.
Available for £13.99 from Waitrose
If you’re not a fan of cheap Prosecco, why not trade up to this vintage dated, single vineyard bottling from the Rive di Ogliano sub-district? It’s a wonderfully youthful, palate-tingling fizz, showing tiny bubbles and a refined finish.
Available for £15 from Marks & Spencer
This Veuve Monsigny (pictured) is a joy to all the senses! It boasts an intense aroma of baked apple and stone fruits with crisp refreshing flavours of apple and red fruits. It has won a whole host of awards, including a silver award from Decanter, and you get change from a tenner!
Available for £9.99 from Aldi
Argentina might not be your first choice for quality fizz, but this is made by the biggest Champagne company so it has a good track record. Toasty, deeply coloured and complex, with notes of roasted almonds.
On offer for £12.99 at Majestic
There are cheaper Proseccos on the market, but it’s worth paying a little extra to secure something of this quality. Pale, aromatic, creamy and just off dry, it displays classic pear and boiled sweet characters.
On offer for £8.99 at Waitrose
Loire sparkling wines, made from the underrated Chenin Blanc grape, deserve to be better known. This is creamy and just off-dry, with a soft layer of bubbles and crunchy, appley fruit. It looks the part too.
Available for £12 from Oddbins
Glera, as the grape of Prosecco is now known, is all about youthful fruit, rather than the bottle-aged flavours you find in Champagne. This one is typically appealing, with a touch of sweetness and crisp pear and apple fruit.
Available for £8.50 at Sainbury’s
This fine, crisp Champagne has hints of citrus with a creamy texture. It has been matured in bottle for 30-36 months which is longer than your average Champagne, this extra time creates elegant flavours.
Available for £19.99 from Tesco
Who says pink fizz has to cost a fortune? Avoid the famous names in Champagne and you can drink something as delicious – and well priced – as this Cape bubbly, with its subtle strawberry flavours and fresh, tapering aftertaste.
Available for £14.99 at Majestic
This fresh and lively cava from the Penedes region of Spain has a few awards to its name and is an absolute bargain at only £4.70!
Available for £4.70 from Asda
Light and fresh with a slight pear and lemon flavour, good for puddings and parties. If you like this, keep an eye out for magnum size.
Elegant and light with a soft bubble. Toasty with an apple finish makes this very easy drinking.
Made with 100% Moscato grapes grown in Brazil this is brand new to the UK wine scene. Full of sweet freshness this is great with puddings and cheese.
Aromatic with a lightly sweet finish makes this particularly versatile, great as an aperitif, cocktail or matched with some salty canapés.
Made with Chardonnay grape this is different to any other Cava. Using the traditional Champagne grape brings an extra touch of delicate refinement not often found in a Cava at this price.
A traditional Champagne at a fraction of the cost. Made from the classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier this is dry, citrus and a touch of tastiness.
Smooth and elegant on the palate this medium rose has a distinct sweet red berry scent and flavour. Lightly floral and fresh it?s perfect for summer sipping.
Bronze medal winner in the Champagne and Sparkling World Championships 2014 this is real value for money. Made from 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay it?s round, smooth and fruity with a little added zing!
Sweet and floral with delicate notes of honey and peach this makes a great match with desserts, salty cheeses and as an aperitif at only 6.5% alcohol.
Packed with citrus, green apple and nutty notes this is great value quality Champagne. A regular award winner and named after The Co-operative’s founders, the Rochdale Pioneers.
Great for a change from traditional sparkling wines this is full of aromatic tropical fruits and exotic notes. The addition of Sauvignon Blanc grapes to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir brings an extra touch of intense lemon colour to the liquid too.
It?s hard to find English sparkling wines under £25 so this is a real treat! Great value and full of red berry fruits with a hint of lemon made from 100% Pinot Noir in Wiltshire.