A highly recommended sparkling wine, the Mumm Napa Blanc de Blancs. 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Gris sparkling wine from Napa … [Read more...]
The Best Sparkling Wine
Sparkling wine comes in many different varieties and forms - from red wines like Brachetto and Lambrusco - to all the different forms of rosé and white sparklers - Spanish Cava; Italian Asti, Franciacorta and Prosecco; French Cremant and Champagne; and everything in-between. The one thing all these varieties have in common is, of course, those delicious bubbles.
French Champagne is probably the most recognizable of the bunch but it's also the most expensive. Many other wines are made using the same method, "methode champenoise" - where secondary fermentation happens in the bottle versus in large tanks like Prosecco, and offer great value, they just carry a different name.
Only wines made in Champagne, France can carry the Champagne name (with the exception of an old loophole that allows a few California producers to label their wines as "California Champagne", much to the chagrin of the French).
Sparkling wine is a tremendous pairing with salty and fatty foods like many of our favorite appetizers and even potato chips. There are also quite a wide range of sweetness levels in sparkling wine with names that are a bit confusing.
The driest is called "Brut Nature" or "Brut Zero" and has less than 3 g/L of residual sugar. This is followed by "Extra Brut" (0-6 g/L of residual sugar), then "Brut" (<12 g/L), then "Extra-Dry" (which is actually slightly sweet at 12-17 g/L of residual sugar), "Sec" (17-32 g/L), "Demi-Sec" (32-50 g/L) and finally the sweetest level "Doux" (>50 g/L of residual sugar).
With so many different styles and sweetness levels, not to mention all the different grape varieties used, sparkling wine offers a whole world to explore!
Keep reading for our picks of the best sparkling wine under $20!
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A lovely sparkler from Germany, the Dr. L Sparkling Riesling. 100% Riesling sparkling wine from Mosel, Germany. The wine is made in … [Read more...]
The crisp, bright and tasty La Vieille Ferme Reserve Brut sparkling wine. 90% Chardonnay and 10% Ugni Blanc sparkling wine from … [Read more...]
The crisp and refreshing Villa Wolf Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé from Germany. Pinot Noir Sparkling Rosé from Pfalz, Germany. The wine … [Read more...]
Checking out the new Kirkland Signature Prosecco Rosé DOC bottling from Costco and whether it lives up to the high standard of the Asolo … [Read more...]
A solid sparkler made from organically grown grapes, the non-vintage Domaine Bousquet Sparkling Rosé. 75% Pinot Noir and 25% … [Read more...]
Save $67 on this fresh, crisp and tasty sparkler with multiple 90 point ratings, the Aimery 1531 Cremant de Limoux Brut. The … [Read more...]
A crisp and highly quaffable find from Croatia, the Vina Laguna Perla Rosé Brut. A sparkling rosé wine made from 100% Teran in … [Read more...]
Super sweet sparkling Moscato from Piedmont, the Acquesi Asti DOCG. 100% Moscato sparkling wine from Monferrato, Piedmont, Italy. The … [Read more...]
A perfectly tasty, basic Prosecco at a reasonable price, the Mionetto Prestige Organic Prosecco Extra Dry. This Prosecco sparkling … [Read more...]
A solid little sparkler 50% off for 1 day, the Jean Babou Elegance Blanquette de Limoux Brut. One for the bubbly lovers today! … [Read more...]
And tasty too! A solid sparkler, the Mumm Napa Brut Prestige. 45% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier and Pinot Gris … [Read more...]
Absolutely delicious sparkling wine, the Breathless Blanc de Noirs. 93% Pinot Noir and 7% Pinot Meunier sparkling wine from Sonoma … [Read more...]
Sam's Club delivers a nicely priced sparkler, the Member's Mark Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOGC. Prosecco made from 85% Glera and 15% … [Read more...]
Crisp, bubbly and lip-smackingly good, the SR262 Sparkling Rosé. A sparkling rosé made from 100% Syrah from the Buckshot vineyard in … [Read more...]