Sparkling wine and Champagne: Bubblies for all budgets

‘Tis the season to grab the bubblies and head to parties (or host your own at home). About 80% of all sparkling wine sales happen between November 1 and December 31st — there’s something about celebrating the holidays which creates a Pavlovian response to sparkles in our glass.

We. Must. Drink. Them.

And drink them we shall… whether you have a Hamilton or a Franklin in your wallet, it’s easier these days to toast with bubbles. Fairly easy to find through the U.S., ask for these wines by name at your local indie wine retailer.

Confused about the differences in the price ranges? Read this sparkling wine primer.

$10 – $15 range:

  • Mionetto Prosecco (Italy, SW=2, pear, citrus, sweet almonds)
  • Zonin Prosecco (Ital,  SW=2, floral, lemon, green apple)
  • Segura Viudas Aria Cava (Spain, SW=1, earthy, toasted bread, citrus)

$15 – $25 range:

  • Roederer Estate Brut (California, SW=3, red apple, roasted walnut, bready)
  • Domaine Carneros 2009 Brut (California, SW=2, red apple, lemony, creamy, toasted bread)
  • Sorelle Bronca Prosecco (Italy, SW=2, light-bodied, apricot, red apple, toasted almonds)
  • Gruet Brut Rosé (New Mexico, SW=2, red berries, minerals, citrus finish)

$25 – $50 range:

  • Taittinger “La Francaise” Brut (France, SW=1, delicate, citrus, pear and toasted almonds)
  • Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve (France, SW=2, light-bodied, floral, red apple, toasted almonds)
  • Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs 2009 (California, SW=1, peaches, toasted hazelnuts, citrus finish)

Sweetness levels for all wine reviews defined here.

 

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