Valentine's Day wines


Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to open a special bottle of wine. From Rose Champagne to Grower Champagne or Vintage Champagne, Prosecco, Cava and English Sparkling there's something for everyone.

Find the perfect bottle to open from all our recommendations here:


DWWA Sparkling

Top DWWA 2014 Champagnes & Sparkling wines

18th December 2014

Looking for some great Champagnes or sparkling wines to celebrate this year? Check out the International, Regional and Gold award winning sparkling wines and Champagnes from the DWWA 2014.


Own-label Champagne: panel tasting results

16th December 2014

Starting at just £11.99, these UK supermarket and merchant own-label Champagnes are not only a bargain, say our experts, but can be better wines than some, far more famous brands. See the top...

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Top-rated prestige Champagnes

11th December 2014

Prestige Champagnes are usually a producer's best - and most expensive - wine. But with the trend towards vineyard wines, special cuvees and multiple bottlings, there's cause for confusion. DWWA...


Tyson Stelzer’s top 10 late-disgorged Champagnes

1st August 2014

The release of Bollinger’s RD 2002 in the same month as Billecart-Salmon’s Nicolas François Billecart 2002 has reignited the discussion over the best time to disgorge Champagne. Tyson Stelzer...


16 must-try terroir-driven Proseccos

27th February 2014

If you think that all Prosecco is the same – simple, light and bubbly – then think again. Richard Baudains looks at a new set of sub-zones within the region’s premium growing area which highlight...


Franciacorta: Expert's Choice

13th February 2014

It's not Prosecco and it's not Champagne, but it is worth seeking out, says Jane Parkinson, who reveals the long hidden merits of this Italian sparkling wine with her top 18 Franciacorta...

Vintage Champagne

Vintage Champagne latest releases (as of 2013): panel tasting results

18th December 2013

Vintage Champagne offers the best value of any of the Champagne categories, agreed our tasters, but choose carefully as there's huge diversity - and then don't hurry to drink it. See the top rated...

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25 great sparkling wines under £25

11th December 2013

Choose wisely and you could be happier – and better-off – with sparkling wine than some of the Champagnes on offer in the run-up to Christmas, says Susie Barrie MW

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UK Sparkling: May 2013 panel tasting results

25th October 2013

There may have been no Outstanding scores, but our judges were impressed at the consistently high quality, particularly from Chardonnay and from the 2009 and 2010 vintages in our panel tasting as...

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Prosecco: Expert's Choice

2nd August 2013

The best examples of this Italian fizz are fun in a glass and great value. Ian D'Agata tracks down some of the finest bottles to enjoy with friends on a summer's day...

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10 great-value Cavas

14th June 2013

See Annette Scarfe MW's picks of the best value Cavas, including rose and brut nature styles that are all excellent value for money.

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Six premium Cavas to try today

7th June 2013

Margaret Rand forgets about Champagne and cheap holiday fizz and went in search of fancy Cava, visiting three Spanish producers whose flagship wines live up to their surprisingly high price tags....

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Top-rated rosé Champagne

14th February 2013

See Decanter's selection of top-rated rose Champagnes perfect to celebrate with...

Vintage Champagne

Vintage Champagne 1992 & 1993: Panel tasting results

3rd December 2012

Champagnes disgorged earlier in their lives fared better than those disgorged later, but both the 1992 and 1993 vintages were praised for standing the test of time. See the 21 Champagnes that...

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Top five Laurent-Perrier Champagnes to try

16th November 2012

As the family-run Champagne house, renowned for its rose, celebrates its bicentenary, Susie Barrie MW picks her top five Champagnes worth trying, see them all here...

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5 great English sparkling roses

10th February 2012

If you're looking for an alternative to the traditional Valentine's Day purchase of rose Champagne, why not take inspiration from the five of the best English sparkling roses.

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Top 10 Proseccos

10th February 2012

Richard Baudains uncovers Italy's top Prosecco producers who are focussing less on supper-affordable prices and more on quality and character. See his list of the best 10 Proseccos here...

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Grower Champagne: panel tasting results

15th December 2011

Apart from a few issues with dosage, our experts were excited by the quality and consistency of these young Champagnes, saying that for a true taste of terroir, they're the only ones to buy. While...


English Wine: Expert's choice

2nd December 2011

English wine is officially a hot topic, says Susy Atkins, especially the fizz, the best of which rivals Champagne in style, quality and price. See Susy's pick of 21 four and five star sparkling...

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Vintage Champagne: panel tasting results

2nd December 2011

While vintage Champagne may cost more than non-vintage, many say this category is the best value of all Champagnes, showing real personality and terroir. Out of 85 vintage Champagnes tasted, the...

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Expert's choice: Very Dry Champagne

29th November 2011

Extra dry categories of Champagne are rising in popularity, but there's more to these wines than just their low sugar levels, says Michael Edwards. See his 15 picks of three, four and five star...

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Tom Stevenson's top 12 rosé Champagnes - plus 3 English alternatives

16th November 2011

It's estimated that 150 million bottles of Champagne are produced every year with the majority being consumed throughout the festive season. With the rise in popularity of rose Champagne we ask...