Perfect portion control and bustling bubbles! Here’s our top 5 sparkling and piccolo wines for the silly season, so you can keep the good vibes and drinks flowing at your next summer event.
From exquisite Italian prosecco to Australia’s finest wines and 0% alcohol options, there’s something for everyone on this list.
Australian event wines
Sparkling wines have been produced on our home soil as far back as the late 19th century, with the founding of the Victorian Champagne Company by a French winemaker who was out to discover new cool climates that are suited to producing elegant occasional wines. The industry developed further in the 1980s and now Australian sparkling wines are a sought-after category when it comes to curating an event drinks list with a friendly price tag attached.
Australian sparkling wine
Svelte Sparkling Brut NV
Our top pick for this season is Svelte Sparkling Brut (173527), which is a delicious non-vintage blend from the South-East regions of Australia. Exhibiting a great depth of flavour, this dry style wine contains engaging fruit characteristics with a fresh, clean and crisp finish. This elegant style is perfectly suited to mild thalassic flavours of roe or shellfish, and is an excellent and refined pick to circulate at events with canapés or socials with friends.
Wine in a Glass Stemless Rosé
From the same famed South-East Australian region comes our top selection for the Australian piccolos category – a liquor genre that continues to grow due to its quick-to-serve nature at busy events, which in turn minimises wastage of product from lack of over pouring or spilling. Wine in a Glass Stemless Rosé (212178) is a single-serve wine that’s packaged and served in a convenient food-grade PET ‘glass’, this tipple is safe to serve with the removed risk of broken glass at your next function, but still gives the elegant experience of drinking from a thinly formed glass. The wine itself is also a delight, boasting intense cherry and red berry flavours with hints of raspberry and cream. This beautiful flavour profile makes it a joy with many dishes, including cheese and charcuterie boards, seafood and Mediterranean bites.
Italian event wines
If one thing’s for sure, it’s that the Italians know the finer things in life – and sparkling wines are no different. Utilising a secondary fermentation technique on their already expertly fermented base wines, classic Italian sparkling wines are affordable and ready to enjoy young, which makes for a pleasant contrast to the sometimes heavy price tag and long maturation periods of vintage Champagnes. Our top Italian event wines for this season all come from the highly awarded oenologists at Bottega. Their expertise dates back to the 17th century with the cultivation and distillery of grappa before expanding into the wine market in the 1990’s.
Bottega Gold Prosecco Spumante Brut DOC Piccolo
Bottega Gold Prosecco Spumante Brut DOC Piccolo (184639) is one of Bottega’s staple proseccos in piccolo form. Elegant, fresh and lively, this sparkling is made from glera grapes and has been vinified on a hilly terrain, which creates contrasting undulations in temperature from day to night that lead to a finer palate with intense aromas. The refined nature of this wine makes it great in aperitivo spritz cocktails, as well as with starters, bar snacks or light first courses. From each bottle you can expect two standard serves, which will help to minimise wastage and gain better portion control across your summer spritz menu.
Bottega Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG
Bottega Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG (170291) is particularly known for its quality and excellence. Sourced from grapes grown along the hills of Treviso, the flavour profile is harmonious with lively acidity, which makes for great and easy food pairings across your menu. The finely tuned effervescence is palatable with a crisp and delicately floral bouquet that is best enjoyed alongside white meats or fish, as well as with delicious pastas and fresh greens.
Italian non-alcoholic sparkling
Bottega 0 Non-Alcoholic Sparkling White
Catering to everyone, Bottega also offers non-alcoholic options. Great at any time of day, Bottega 0 Non-Alcoholic Sparkling White (204090) is our top pick for spring and summer with its harmonious, fresh and slightly sweet flavour, which is great for long brunches in the sun through to desserts in the evening. The 0% alcohol market continues to grow, so make sure there’s an option for every lifestyle choice on your drinks list this season.
Whether your venue is catered to large events, bustling functions or group bookings, there’s a sparkling or piccolo for any special event or occasion in our comprehensive liquor range.
As seen in spring/summer 2023
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