Best Cheap Champagne for Under $20 a Pop
Raise a toast with a glass of the good stuff! Here are the best options for delicious bubbly on a budget—including a pick by the Taste of Home Executive Culinary Director!
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Is expensive champagne always worth it?
Nothing says celebration like a glass of Champagne. But with bottle prices in the triple digits, raising a glass of bubbly is often saved for the most special occasions. It doesn’t have to be that way! There are loads of cheap champagne and sparkling wine options available. In fact our Taste of Home Executive Culinary Director, Sarah Farmer, prefers cheap champagne!
Sarah says, “Some of the best bottles of bubbly, the ones that you may enjoy the taste of the most, are the less expensive options. The question is, what are you giving up by going with a champagne or other sparkling wine that you can easily afford and that won’t break the bank? Well, you won’t get that decadent yeastiness or real concentration of flavor with the lower end bubbly, since these wines spend less time fermenting in the bottle versus the high-end ones. And the grape blends will be different. But I’m okay with all that. I guess my taste buds prefer a less yeasty flavor.”
The Differences between Champagne, Cava and Prosecco
Not sure about the difference? Sarah explains, “Great-tasting wines are made all over the world and at different price points. Champagne, in the northeast region of France, is just one place. Sparkling Cava from Spain is a great example of wine that has an excellent price to value ratio. If you prefer a sweeter wine, try a sparkling Moscato. If you like a not-too-sweet-but-pleasantly-fruity taste, go for Prosecco. Find your happy place with a less expensive, practical champagne or sparkling wine.”
Ready to find your favorite cheap champagne? Here are our favorite picks for under $20 a bottle.
While this isn’t true Champagne, this sparkling bottle from the Jura region of France is the next best thing. Featuring intense aromas of citrus and white flowers, Francois Montand Brut leads into notes of golden apples and Meyer lemon on the palate. It boasts fine bubbles, with a creamy and smooth finish, making it the perfect pairing for the soft cheeses on your charcuterie board.
A bottle of bubbly for under $10? That’s right! This Rondel Cava from Spain is light-bodied and wonderfully crisp. With notes of soft peach and nuts, as well as beautiful floral aromas, it’s fruity and complex. Use it for brunch mimosas or pair a glass with your favorite recipe featuring shrimp.
A bottle of Segura Viudas Brut Cava is Sarah’s pick for cheap Champagne. She says, “ I like it for its dry taste and economical price tag.” It’s aged between 9 and 12 months, with with notes of apple, pear and bright citrus flavors. You can pick up a bottle for under $10.
If the beautiful vintage-inspired bottle isn’t reason enough to grab this rosé, the price tag certainly is. Made in Italy, this cheap champagne boasts a gorgeous subtle pink hue with notes of juicy red berries and a hint of apple. Serve it in your favorite vintage glassware and pair it with pasta or seafood for the perfect duo. We also love it for a beach trip.
Guests will be thrilled to grab a glass of Mionetto prosecco as soon as they walk in the door. This dry, well-balanced bubbly from Italy is light-bodied and features notes of crisp apples. It’s wonderful to sip on its own, or pair a glass with appetizers such as Almond-Bacon Cheese Crostinis.
If you’re looking for something fruity and light-bodied, Riondo Prosecco is the perfect fit. Made in Italy, this bottle of bubbly features flavorful notes of apple and pear, with a subtle floral aroma. Because it’s frizzante, the bubbles are delicate, making it perfect to sip on its own or to add to a festive cocktail.
Made in New Mexico, this rosé is dressed up in a beautifully detailed bottle with pink accents. Wonderfully crisp with fruity aromas and notes of raspberry and soft strawberries, it has just a hint of sweetness. It’s tart with high acidity making it wonderful to sip on its own or to pour at a bridal shower.
Need a hostess gift? This delicious prosecco is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. It’s light and refreshing with notes of apple, peach and honeysuckle. Plus, its crisp, balanced acidity makes it the perfect pairing for any chicken or seafood dish.
Mumm makes sparkling wine in Napa, and it’s producing delicious results like this Brut Prestige. This bottle of bubbly is incredibly complex with notes of apple, vanilla and a hint of honey. It’s vibrant and elegant, yet entirely approachable.
Ready for a major steal on bubbles? Cupcake has you covered for under eight bucks! Made in Italy, this prosecco features aromas of melon, peach and grapefruit with flavorful notes of lemon and a hint of brioche. It’s fruity, yet smooth, with fine bubbles for easy sipping. Serve it with dessert!
This Cava from Spain is a stunning pale pink color in the bottle. Pour a glass to discover notes of candied strawberries, raspberries and a hint of rose. It’s light, crisp and incredibly well-balanced, providing the perfect pairing for a wide range of savory dishes. Plus, you’ll get it for a steal at less than $10 a bottle!
Searching for something on the sweeter side with a lower alcohol content than many sparkling options? This bottle of bubbles from Italy is made with Moscato Bianco grapes, giving it notes of pineapple, peach and orange. It’s well-balanced, offering the most delicious pairing for appetizers featuring flaky pastry, as well as soft cheeses. Baked brie in puff pastry? Absolutely!
The design of this cheap champagne bottle is entirely charming, and the bubbly inside is just as lovely. Made in Italy, each sip features fruity berry notes. It’s incredibly refreshing thanks to a light body, balanced acidity and delicate effervescence. Pair it with salmon, or bring the bottle to brunch to enjoy with your favorite version of eggs benny.