Prosecco and Champagne and Cava, oh my!
It’s no secret that here at Goon Bags we fucking love sparkling wine. For us it’s a fairly recent obsession, inspired by two of our top mates with whom we have been participating in regular sparkling wine appreciation sessions for a good few years now. These women like to call themselves our muses. We like to call them slack bitches who should also be writing blog posts with us buuuuut I digress.
So sparkling wine is amazing, especially when there’s something to celebrate, like Christmas, or New Year’s Eve, or making it through Monday with killing anyone. But how do you choose a good one?
You ask your mates of course! So that’s what we did. We put it out to the Goonies (our clever, loyal, highly attractive readers – A.K.A. you), asking: “What’s your favourite sparkling wine?”
And this is what you told us! (Thanks by the way!)
Sparkling wine for povo bastards
So you spent all your money on Christmas presents. Or you’re just a stingy fuck, it doesn’t matter, you can still enjoy delicious sparkling wine on a budget!
- Wolf Blass Reserve Prosecco (currently on special at Wine Market for $99 for 12, that’s $8.25 a bottle if you can’t be arsed opening your calculator)
- Adelaide Hills “The Peak” Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay – $16 from WA Cleanskin Cellars
- Seppelt Fleur De Lys Chardonnay Pinot Noir – $9.99 from Dan Murphy’s
- Churchview Margaret River NV Silverleaf Sparkling – $15
Sparkling wine for fancy fucks
For really, really special occasions, or people with too much money.
- Arras EJ Carr Late Disgorged 2004 – $180
- Josef Cromy 2008 LD Vintage Sparkling – $85.00 from Josef Cromy
The real French shit.
- Veuve Fourny Grande Réserve Brut Vertus Premier Cru – $299.40 (six pack)
- Pierre Peters Cuvee De Reserve Blanc De Blanc Brut NV – $449.94 (six pack)
Can’t go anywhere without my sparkling wine
Cos anything French grapes can do, Italians grapes can do better. And cheaper. Just don’t tell the French grapes we said that.
- Redbank Prosecco 2018 King Valley – $119.94 from Just Wines (six pack)
- Dal Zotto Pucino – $19.99 from Dan Murphy’s
- Pizzini Prosecco – $24.43 from Vintage Cellars
- San Martino Prosecco Doc – $21.99 from Gangemi’s
(Pro tip: you can dress up your Prosecco by adding a splash of bittersweet Sinkonah syrup. Check it out here!)
Coz the Spanish are also pretty fucking great at it.
- Raventos i Blanc LHereu Blanco Espumoso 2015 – $46.20 from Dan Murphy’s
Australian sparkling wine
You wont be disappointed if you keep your bubbles local.
- Jansz Premium Cuvee – $24.99 from Dan Murphy’s (Tasmania)
- Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir – $20 from BWS (Adelaide Hills)
- Tamburlaine Preservative Free Au Naturel Premium Cuvee Sparkling – $21 from Organicwine.com.au (Orange, NSW)
(Some will say that preservative free = no hangover. We are yet to test this hypothesis but do believe an experiment is in order.)
From the Great Southern to Manjimup and Pemberton, from Margaret River to the Swan Valley and Perth Hills, WA makes some bloody awesome sparkling wine.
- Sittella Winery 2014 Grand Vintage ‘Marie Christien Lugten’ – $33.30 from Sittella Winery (Swan Valley) (Pro tip: If you’re ever in the Swan Valley and you love sparkling wine, you absolutely MUST go to Sittella. They have like six different sparkling wines to taste, each one more delicious than the next)
- Rising Star Wines 2012 Vintage Sparkling Rosé – $255 (six pack) from Rising Star (Great Southern)
- Brookside Vineyard Blanc de Blancs Methode Champenoise 2017 (Couldn’t find this one online so I guess Cellar Door only? Perth Hills)
- Pemberley Lustre NV Sparkling – $30.00 from Tall Timbers Manjimup (Pemberton)
- Woodgate Wines 2010 Bojangles Brut Cuvee Sparkling – $48 from Woodgate Wines (Manjimup)
- Smithbrook Pemberton 2014 The Yilgarn Blan de Blancs – $35 from the Fogarty Wine Group (Pemberton)
- Mann Method Champenoise Brut Rosé – $27.99 from Gangemi’s (Swan Valley)
(Funny story. I recently met a couple of friends for drinks at the Rose and Crown in Guildford, WA. They are the annoying type of friends that drink beer and cider, preventing me from ordering a bottle of Mann, which I love. When I went to order whatever sparkling they had by the glass, an older gent was avidly questioning the bartender about this very bottle. I leaned over and said “It’s very good.”
He looked at me and said “Is it? But it’s made from cabernet grapes.”
“Ah,” I replied knowingly, as if I knew what the fuck that had to do with anything. “Well, my friend runs tasting classes, and she loves to showcase it.”
“And who’s your friend?”
Jesus. “Anja Lewis from Canny Grapes?”
“Well. That’s ok then. I’m just a bit fussy, as I’ve been teaching wine for 15 years.”
He did buy it though, and I spent the rest of the afternoon hoping he loved it so I wouldn’t look like an idiot, but also sort of hoping he hated it so much he couldn’t drink it and would give it to me. Moral of the story? If someone is questioning the bartender about a bottle of wine, they most likely know more about it than you do so just keep your fucking mouth shut.)
Sparkling wine with a twist
Blending your bubbles with citrus, botanicals, spices and bitters. Delish!
- Jacob’s Creek Prosecco Spritz – $15.95 from Dan Murphy’s
- Chandon S Sparkling – $29.90 from Dan Murphy’s
We also love a good sparkling Shiraz – so much so we dedicated a whole article to it!
So what do you think? We are slowly working through this list, but would love to know if you have any to add! What are your favourites? Let us know below or find us on Facebook or Intsagram! And Happy New Year!