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Gotta have it

Woohoo! It's time to partaaaaay. Down tools and dive head first into the bubbles from now until New Year – and we've only found one that tastes like Veuve without the price tag. You're welcome.

I’ve never met a Champagne I didn’t like and when the coffers don’t stretch to the good stuff, the fridge is loaded with prosecco. But far from second best, producers are creating a posh prosecco that’s giving big name Champagne’s a run for its money. I discovered Colucci’s last year, when MD Marce Colucci invited me along for a tasting. Jeez, the things I do for you, and I was mightily impressed.

Colucci’s Grey Label Prosecco Extra Dry D.O.C. Gold

Colucci's Grey Label Prosecco is almost identical in taste to Veuve Clicquot, in my opinion, but a lot cheaper – you be paying £85.50 for a case of 6 which is £14.25 per bottle. Made in the Presecco region of Treviso in northern Italy, using Glera grapes, this bad boy is best served chilled in a tulip-shaped flute. Who are we to argue?

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Colucci's White Label Presecco Extra Dry D.O.C.

If you fancy something a teeny bit sweeter, Colucci White Label Extra Dry, is very very drinkable, and according to Marce, a fab fizz to pair with a pud. Buy a case of 6 and you'll pay just £13.45 per bottle for a very posh prosecco.

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And if you’re looking for a last minute gift… may I suggest a cheeky gift set.

His & Hers Gift Box

Double bubble means double trouble. Two bottles of posh prosecco nestled together a stunning wooden box. Choose your bubbles, add a little personalisation and bob's your uncle. It'll also be the easiest thing you wrap all year. Just saying.

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Celebration Gift Box

The perfect gift for party people and fizz fanatics. Colucci's will create a lush (no pun intended) gift box with a bottle of bubbles (simply choose the one you want) and they'll pop in a couple of flutes, so you quaff at first site. If it could include someone to wash up as well, that would be magic.

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I’ll be adding a few cases to the Muddy wine cellar (well, cupboard). Many of my friends knock back the bubbles like it’s sparkling water – particularly at this time of the year. Try it and let me know how you get on. Let’s call it a research project. Cheers!

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