Spar, the dutch multinational food retailer or known as the “corner shop” to many in the UK can now boast that it’s £10 own label prosecco is the best Italian fizz your money can buy.
The award as handed out by consumer group, Which, performed a blind taste test and found that the stores own label product beat rival products by just one percent overall – still, enough to be lauded as the best own brand prosecco that your £10 can buy.
The Valdobbiadene DOCG was praised for its “pleasant balance” and “savoury style” by one of the five judges, Charles Metcalfe, of the International Wine Challenge whilst another judge noted its flavouring of pear and white peach. Interesting.
Other contenders for this blind taste test included Asda’s £6.50 Fillipo Sansovino Prosecco and Waitrose’s £10.99 San Leo Brut NV, both of which scored 77 per cent. Spar’s own label scored a 78 for the judges.
Aldi, the superstore that could seem to do no wrong throughout the year with its wine and gin selections surprisingly came last with their £7.99 Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, which came out with a rating of 66 per cent.
Nikki Stopford, director of research at Which?, said: “It just goes to show you don’t have to be a leading supermarket to achieve a Which? best buy accolade.
“You can now enjoy a glass of best buy Christmas fizz from your local Spar, so get yours while stocks last.
“Shoppers can be confident of getting the best quality prosecco to enjoy over the festive period, knowing it has been independently tasted by the Which? panel of experts.”
There was no mention of Lidl’s “less likely to give you a hangover” prosecco in these awards, which seems a shame as for those tasting.
So there you have it, in the run up to this Christmas, we’re sure you’re going to be performing your own taste tests with varying degrees of Which standard conformity.