Our top ten tips for serving sparkling wine for Christmas

English Wine Box - Top ten tips for serving sparkling wine

1)Choice of sparkling wine - You don't have to spend a fortune for good wine however English Sparkling wine is not cheap but the equivalent of a medium priced bottle of champagne. Typical price varies £25 to £40 a bottle.

2)Storing your sparkling wine - ideally store your wine horizontally as this ensures that the cork is kept moist and does not spoil the wine (corked).

3)Preparing your sparkling wine - the ideal temperature for sparkling wine is 7 to 10 degrees centigrade. Any colder and the Champagne will numb the taste buds. Under no circumstances chill a bottle of Champagne in the freezer; and never serve it in pre-chilled glasses (or you will lose some of the sparkle).

4)Serving your sparkling wine - ideally serve your wine from cool storage into a sparkling wine bucket with half water and ice. Let the bottle cool between 15 minutes to half hour before serving.

5)The Correct pour - always poor an initial glass of sparkling wine, not too much. Allow the mousse to rise to top and the settle before pouring a second time. In order to preserve your mousse you should tilt the glass at 45 degrees.

6)The Time of pour - Never pre pour your wines less than a couple of minutes before drinking, leaving your fizz standing will allow your wine to warm and lose it lovely mousse.

7)Waiting for the CO2 to disapate - do not drink your wine as soon as you pour as this is the point where the CO2 is at its maximum level and can irritate the nerve centre in your cheek. Hold yourself, wait a minute or two!

8)Enjoy the taste - let the bubbles roll over your tongue and around your palate to fully appreciate your wine.

9)Taste your wine over time - take time to savour the way your wine changes with variations in temperature and CO2 level, a bland wine that is too cold can flourish as it warms and develops.

10)For left over fizz - if you have a any sparkling wine left over always secure with a stopper as the old spoon in the bottle is scientifically proven not to work.

Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all!