In the first of a new series entitled Chef Tony’s Wine Club, our resident chef, gastronome and purveyor of fine wines casts his expert eye over two excellent fizz selections from Aldi. As the weeks progress, Chef Tony will bring you his pick of wines from supermarkets, independent retailers and wine clubs.
Chef Tony says: As it’s Christmas, let’s talk bubbles. While you’ll be lucky to get a top-notch bottle of Champagne for under £25 nowadays, fizz needn’t cost the earth. Look for Prosseco or Cava produced by the Champagne method (these can still cost upwards of a tenner).
Today I’m starting with two bottles by the same retailer – Aldi. One is a Champagne and the other is a Prosecco. Both have won awards and both are priced under £10.
Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut (£9.99)
This is an Aldi bestseller. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, it’s the classic champagne mix. It creates aromas of apples and soft fruit, as well as balancing acidity with creamy weight created by cellar ageing. It produces small delicate bubbles and is perfect as an aperitif.
Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG (£6.99)
With its light and with delicate bubbles and perfect level of acidity (not too harsh like some sparkling wines), this is a very easy drinking Prosecco. Can be served on its own or with canapés to start the party.
Chef Tony’s verdict: Both are excellent wines for the festive season and they don’t cost the earth.
PROPER FOOD FOR PROPER APPETITES
Discover recipes to nourish the soul, all compiled and concocted by Chef Tony, a gastronome with 15 years’ of experience cooking across the North West. Chef Tony has worked in some of the region’s best kitchens, including the award-winning Nutters in Rochdale and The Lowry at Salford Quays.