IT’S the drink that sent the nation into a frenzy when it popped on to the scene nearly ten years ago.
Today is National Prosecco Day – and what better way to celebrate one of the country’s favourite bubbly beverages than with the ultimate taste test.
Raul Diaz has his say on the best supermarket bottles of fizz[/caption]
Jenny Francis asked winetraining.co.uk founder Raul Diaz to give his verdict on the top “pops”.
Conegliano – £10, now on offer for £8
Sainsbury’s Conegliano tastes more in the direction of champagne[/caption]
Raul says: “Dry in style with more complex notes of citrus and bread.
“It has a long finish and its taste is more in the direction of champagne.
“It’s a great tasting wine.”
789 Mondelli Spumante – £6.25
Sainsbury’s 789 Mondelli Spumante has strong lemon flavours but lacks intensity[/caption]
Raul says: “This has an inexpressive style dominated by lemon flavours.
“It has a short finish and a distinct lack of intensity.
“Not something I like at all.”
Castellore Spumante DOC – £5.99
This prosecco comes in second thanks to its beautiful finish[/caption]
Raul says: “Dry in style, this is a very refreshing prosecco.
“It has strong apple flavours with a hint of citrus and a beautiful finish.
“It is almost similar to a cider in taste. Very nice bottle.”
Ca’di Pietra – £6.49
Aldi’s Ca’di Pietra has serious flavours and is closer to champagne in taste[/caption]
Raul says: “This is a bit more serious in its flavours.
“It has bready notes combined with elegant citrus fruits.
“It’s way closer to champagne in its taste and has a nice note to finish.”
Finest Superiore Valdobbiadene DOCG NV – £10
This bottle of Tesco fizz is sure to be a crowd pleaser[/caption]
Raul says: “This has more of a floral style with precise apricot, peaches and red apple flavours.
“It is soft in texture and a crowd pleaser.”
Plaza – £7
Tesco’s £7 Plaza is average and forgettable[/caption]
Raul says: “This prosecco has everything you expect a bottle for this price to have, but it has no wow factor at all.
“It has some nice peach tones.
“It’s the definition of an average drink . . . it’s forgettable.”
Extra Special Asolo Brut DOCG – £8
Asda’s Asolo Brut is likely to leave you with a bad taste[/caption]
Raul says: “This is what I’d call a uni-dimensional wine.
“The stone fruits dominate the flavour but it seriously lacks acidity and freshness.
“Instead it leaves a bit of a bad taste in the mouth.”
Alberto Nani Organic – £8
This Asda bottle of prosecco is the best of the bunch[/caption]
Raul says: “Beautiful elderflower flavours, with hints of pear, apple and grapefruit.
“It is very refreshing and has great persistent finish.
“This is a winner and exactly what a bottle of prosecco should be.”
Montecampo Spumante – £6
You might want your money back after buying this Montecampo Spumante from Morrisons[/caption]
Raul says: “Unbalanced with no precision, this has a short finish and an unpleasant taste profile.
“I’d want my money back if I ordered this prosecco.”
Valdobbiadene DOCG – £10, now on offer for £8
This bottle of fizz is average and doesn’t stand out[/caption]
Raul says: “This prosecco has an average profile with stone fruits and apples present.
“There is nothing massively wrong with it but nothing that stands out either.
“It wouldn’t be my choice.”
Spumante Congeliano – £7.99
Lidl’s Spumante Congeliano is drinkable and inoffensive[/caption]
Raul says: “Medium body with a soft texture, this prosecco is refreshingly acidic with a dominant apricot note.
“It’s not hugely special to me but it’s also very drinkable and inoffensive.”
Allini Spumante – £5.99
This Allini Spumante has a flat flavour and lacks excitement[/caption]
Raul says: “This is inexpressive in style with very little acidity.
“This leaves it with a bit of a flat flavour with nothing exciting happening and no big fruity tastes.”
611725 San Leo Brut NV Italy – £10.99
Waitrose’s San Leo Brut is great if you love a fruity taste[/caption]
Raul says: “Vibrant style with ripe peaches and melon giving it a very soft texture.
“It’s a friendly taste and although it’s lacking a bit of acidity, overall it’s a great prosecco if you love fruit.”
718427 Waitrose & Partners Blueprint NV Italy – £7.89
This Waitrose bottle comes in third thanks to its balance and refreshing acidity[/caption]
Raul says: “A very balanced example of a prosecco.
“It has hints of peaches and citrus fruit and a very refreshing acidity.
“I like this and think it’s very drinkable for a range of prosecco lovers.”
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