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Pop, Fizz, Clink

Author: Lauren Coleman

It must have been about three years ago when I first noticed it. Arriving in London for a weekend I handed over a bottle of white to our hostess and noticed that another one of my friends had a bottle of Prosecco. Ooooh, are we going to celebrate a new job? A surprise engagement perhaps? No, we were celebrating that it was Friday. Well pass me a flute, I’ll drink to that.

Now it’s become a fairly regular occurrence to enjoy a bottle or two when we finally manage to get together. On the Champagne front we’re not quite in the same league as Coco Chanel; personally the premium sparking wine is still reserved for the most special of occasions. However it would appear that we are all going crazy for Prosecco. Sales of the Italian speciality are up 11.5% year on year (according to the Italian Sparkling Wine Observatory ), so it seems that we’re all at it!

So why have the light and citrus bubbles become so very popular? Are we celebrating more? In an age where so many of us have high pressured jobs and are always exceptionally busy, the sound of a cork popping signifies time to relax and celebrate the smaller (as well as the significant) things.
The relative affordability also makes Prosecco a good choice (usually just a few more pounds per bottle in a bar and comparable to a good white when you’re in the Supermarket), or could it just be that it’s exceptionally easy to drink and tastes far nicer than Cava ever did?

There are now several places embracing the trend for fizz drinking by offering Prosecco on tap. You can enjoy by the glass instead of having to splash out on a full bottle. Perhaps it’s just me but this takes the edge off it a little; I love the sound of a cork popping and the inevitable spray of bubbles. However the arrival of free flowing fizz well and truly suggests that Prosecco isn’t going anywhere and that our consumption will only get higher.

So are you lovely lot finding Prosecco is your favourite tipple too? What are you drinking? Is it just for celebrations or has it become your drink of choice?

Enjoy responsibly folks.


{Free Flowing Fizz}
  • The Marine Hotel, Whitby.
    The first place I ever heard of serving bubbles direct from the tap. Take in the sea view as you enjoy yours.
  • Bunga, Bunga, Battersea.
    I haven’t visited but a friend mentioned that they do UNLIMITED prosecco during their brunch. Golly.
  • Homeslice, Neals Yard.
    Serving the most delicious and humongous sized pizzas you’ll ever eat alongside Frizzante Classico.
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    27 thoughts on “Pop, Fizz, Clink

    1. I love Prosecco, I don’t drink often, so I feel justified in it being my tipple of choice – I much prefer it over Champagne (I know, I know!).

      I’m not sure how I feel about it on tap, but I’d certainly be willing to give it a go!

    2. Me and my friends always drink prosecco now when we are out and about (we have been know to drinks bars dry!) and if we are going round to each others houses then that’s what will be brought round. I find it far more enjoyable to drink and somehow don’t get the same punishing hangovers as drinking white wine and red wine isn’t always right for the occasion – but prosecco always seems to be! Lidl does a lovely bottle for only £7.29. Mele e Pere restaurant in So ho has it on tap – I loved it!

    3. Ever since going to my friends wedding two years ago in Lake Garda I have loved Prosecco, soooo much nicer than Champagne! But I definitly still like to keep it for special occasions, when we got engaged we were given a few bottles and one bottle of Prosecco didn’t end up been drank during the engagement period so we decided to keep it until we finally had a venue booked so it was something nice to do to mark the occasion!

    4. That’s my point – it isn’t usually a celebration – just a Saturday night! Between a group of us we can knock back quite a few bottles and I don’t think that bars has necessarily caught on to how popular prosecco is becoming. If they only keep 6 bottles in stock that won’t last long! Hence I’m a fan of the prosecco tap!

    5. One of my university friends was Italian and in the Summer following our finals, ten years ago, I visited her in her home town close to Soave, Verona and we also camped at Lake Garda. Her family were members of a wine co-operative and we had an endless supply of (free) chilled prosecco. I’ve been a fan of Italian sparkles ever since.

        1. Lauren – you should. Its great for a long weekend break. You have to pick where on the lake to go but if you want a weekend of promenading with the beautiful people, eating gelato and drinking prosecco (and aperol) than it’s ABSOLUTELY the place for you.

          Gardone Rivieria and Salo are gorgeous.

          1. I’m sold! We’re actually looking for a place to do a long weekend break so this could be just the ticket. Thanks Claire!

    6. A very close friend of mine politely refers to me as one half of the ‘Moët sisters.’ I find this hilarious as I’ve probably drunk Moët once in my life but as I spend so much time sinking prosecco it’s great to pretend;) xx

    7. It is now my choice tipple!

      My thoughts are that it tastes nicer than wine , similar price so why not!

      Roll on Friday ….!

    8. I love Processco, it’s my favourite. Although some Cava’s are also very nice too (we had this at our wedding as not only was it cheaper but I thought the champagne smelled like wee….)

      I think it’s lighter/fruitier and altogether nicer to drink – also good with some fresh raspberries in. Roll on summer.

    9. LOVE Prosecco!! I have to admit, it is my Friday night tipple – most Fridays. I even have a clever contraption that means i dont “have” to drink the whole bottle in one night. I can save the rest for Saturday (afternoon)!

    10. You can get a lovely Prosecco from Aldi for something like £5.99?! I bought a load for my hen do last year, it went down a treat.

    11. I love drinking bubbles! It always feels that little bit decadent! Especially when drinking from champagne saucers!

    12. I LOVE prosecco, in fact the only thing that beats it for me is Laurent Perrier Rose but given the price that’s saved for a HUGE celebration! My fav drink is Raspberry Absolut, Chambord and Prosecco.. makes the best cocktail!

    13. I too LOVE Prosecco! Tesco Finest has been our bubbles of choice for a while now (including at our wedding, where we could supply our own drinks) and I agree, it’s not just saved for celebrating. In fact we shared a bottle last night. If it really is a special occasion it might call for Moet; otherwise add a berry or a dash of elderflower liqueur (discovered this at a food festival a few years ago – yum) to Prosecco! xx

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