‘Tis the season to get merry, and if you want to get that festive glow, there’s only one thing you ought to drink.
Unfortunately, the words Champagne and Sheffield are not often uttered in the same breath. When you’re seeking a bottle of bubbly, it can be difficult to know where to start.
If you look hard enough, though, there are a few hidden gems in the city, boasting an array of sparkling specialties.
The Wig & Pen
Cocktail of this week and tommorow NYE night is "2015"…Let's start new year right!!! pic.twitter.com/r4dt0bO5rX
— The Wig & Pen (@TheWigPen) December 30, 2014
The Wig & Pen is a popular haunt for young professionals, and so it’s no wonder they have a few choice bottles of fizz. It may surprise you to find that their most highly sought after sparkling wine hails from right here in England. For £38.50, you can taste a bottle of the Ridgeview Bloomsbury; produced in Sussex. While people often shy away from English wines, there’s a reason that this drink is at the top of the wine list. They also serve a reasonably priced Di Baci Prosecco by the glass at just £6.50, or a rose version at the same price.
The Wig & Pen, 44 Campo Lane, Sheffield, S1 2EG, more info
If you’re willing to venture outside the city centre a little, West 10 is a quaint wine bar that is well worth your attention. Here, the house Champagne costs £8 per glass, but if you want something particularly special, you have to browse their broad variety of bottles. The selection here is as extensive as it is impressive, and the team have gone to great lengths to provide only the finest drinks. Be aware that the prices range from £35 to a massive £250. The latter price is reserved for the likes of the Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades; a well-known high-end bottle. If these prices are well out of your budget, you can also nab a glass of house Prosecco or Cava for £6.
West 10, 376 Fulwood Road, Sheffield, S10 3GD, more info
You might associate Cubana with sensual salsa dancing and rich tapas dishes. You’re not wrong – the bar-come-restaurant does specialise in these two things, but there’s more to the place than just that. Aside from boasting a myriad of spirits, Cubana also serves some stunning sparkling wine from across Europe.
To start you off, their house Prosecco costs just £5.75 per glass. If you’d like to take things to the next level, they offer two ‘Specialist Proseccos’ by the bottle at £35. There’s also a handful of Champagnes, the most expensive of which being the Cuvee Dom Perignon at £150 per bottle. If you’d like to taste something a little more Latin, though, their Cava is just £22.
Cubana, Unit 4, Leopold St, Sheffield S1 2JG, more info
Trippets Lounge Bar
If you’ve ever had the misfortune of drinking a flat glass of Champagne, you’ll want to do everything you can to avoid that mishap again. At Trippet Lounge Bar, they take this matter very seriously, which is why they have a specialist keeping system. The vacuum ensures that every glass is as fresh as the first by adding a blanket of CO2. The team will also let you try any drink before you buy it.
The house Champagne here is Laurent-Perrier Brut, which will set you back £9 per glass. If you’re on a budget, both the Le Dolci Colline Prosecco and the Sancchetto Pinot Grigio Spumante Blush are a steal at £5 per glass. Chocoholics have to try the Chocolate in a Bottle, which is a rich blend of cocoa powder and Chardonnay. The result is something completely original. The drink smells a little like liquid Nutella, yet tastes perfectly balanced.
Trippets Lounge Bar, 89 Trippet Lane, Sheffield, S1 4EL, more info
VeroGusto is renowned as being one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in the city. With that in mind, there’s simply no way they’d serve the likes of Champagne – it being of French origin and all. Instead, they handpick fine Italian wines, such as the highly sought-after Ferrari. This tipple hails from the Veneto region, where much of the sparkling wine is produced.
Resident wine aficionado, Saverio, explains that he’s used the same expert wine suppliers for the for the last ten years. In that time, he’s worked tirelessly with them to find the perfect drink for their clientele. So, how much will his choice drinks set you back? For £8.35, you can try a glass of the 2007 Ferrari Perlé; the ideal introduction to this range. If you wish to go all out and buy a bottle, the price varies from £45 to £120. Make sure you chat to the team, who will be more than happy to give your their personal recommendation.
VeroGusto, 12 Norfolk Row, Sheffield, S1 2PA, more info
Like this? Try these:
Main image: Trippets / Facebook