Prosecco is arguably the best known and most successful sparkling wine after Champagne and thats partly down to the producers protecting the integrity of the wines from New World interlopers. If you want prosecco, it has to be produced in one of the specified regions of Northern Italy.

It’s also broken age barriers, becoming the drink of the young trendy set all over the world, a sort of party wine that you can open anytime whereas Champers has stayed a bit aloof in many ways, only to be opened on special occasions like weddings, funerals and divorces.

It’s too easy to focus on the occasion for the opening rather than the major differences that exist between the styles though. Yes, they are both bubbly, yes they both come in dry, medium and rose but the palates are strikingly different with prosecco being lighter and if I may say so, slightly easier to enjoy than it’s French cousin. Fruit isn't something normally associated with the more high brow Champers although you can occasionally refer to apple characteristics in addition to the brioche and many other bakery references.

With Prosecco however, it's fruit fruit fruit but in a classy way because the modern proseccos have a depth and complexity that their grandfathers of the 80’s lacked, and that's what makes them so fascinating. Yeah, there's plenty of cheapies on the market but please, please avoid them like the plague unless you like headaches and fits of burping.

Carpene Malvolti 1868 Prosecco

I can always rely on POP to come up with a beauty and this one is fun and fruity. Apples and grapefruits flavours with a refreshing hint of acidity on the finish that lifts the whole wine. Great with seafood.

POP Wines Glasgow £16.50

Bottega Rose Gold Prosecco

Still the daddy or mummy of them all if you really want fun. Flowery on the nose with enough mixed berries to make a fruit basket on the palate. £29.00