Champagne may be the drink of the gods, but it’s not the only fizz worth having. Luckily for bubbly lovers on a budget, there are many affordable, and delicious, sparkling wines available for South African to cheers to good times. If you’re looking to broaden your sparkling horizons the De Krans Premium Moscato Perlé White and Moscato Red both offer wine lovers a delightful low-alcohol alternative to bubbly.

The popularity of the bubbly Moscato White and Red lies in its naturally sweet, fresh flavour with a slight fizz that’s perfectly versatile for any occasion. Since its maiden vintage in 2012, the Premium Moscato Perlé White has remained a crowd favourite and was followed by the launch of the Moscato red in 2017 — another popular pick.

While the word Moscato is still a growing style in South Africa, De Krans uses Muscat de Frontignan grapes in the production of these wines. The White Moscato bears pleasant fruity flavours of litchi and Muscat, with a touch of honey and exotic spice. Its Red sibling is made from Muscadel grapes with the addition of 15% Pinotage, which results in a vibrant red colour and a liquid packed with notes of berries, prunes and a subtle spice.

With a light bubbly texture, both the white and red versions make a beautiful welcoming drink, sundowner after work, or a sangria for a hot summer’s day by the pool. They pair wonderfully with different types of foods — think summer salads or a charcuterie platter, or an interesting complement to curries and spicy foods.

De Krans Moscato White and Red are available from Checkers, Pick ‘n Pay, Makro, Ultra and most Tops and indecent liquor stores at R65 per bottle. For more information visit the De Krans website.

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