The Best Bubbly for Under $20 a Pop
Make a toast with a glass of the good stuff! Here are the best cheap champagnes and sparkling wines for bubbly on a budget, according to a sommelier.
Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace
To be considered champagne, the bubbles technically need to be made in Champagne, France. But Cremant is as close to champagne as you can get. This elegant French sparkling wine has balanced flavors and is ideal for any toast.
Sommariva Prosecco Valdobbiadene Brut NV
Think of prosecco as champagne’s fun and easy-going cousin. This Italian bubbly is fruity and floral and can have a kiss of sweetness to it. The best examples are dry, like this stellar bottle from Sommariva.
Rondel Brut Cava
For a bottle of bubbly under $10, check out Rondel cava. It’s not too sweet and has soft peach and nut flavors, with floral aromas. (Close your eyes and see if you can smell white lilies!) A glass would be fantastic with shrimp.
Ricci Curbastro Franciacorta Brut
From the more serious side of Italian sparkling wine, check out Franciacorta. Close your eyes and sip on some Franciacorta and trust us, you’ll never know the wine in your glass isn’t champagne. While a smaller 375 mL bottle of Ricci Curbastro will set you back around $16, trust us, it’s absolutely worth it.
Heading up north to Oregon’s incredible Willamette Valley, we stumble upon the outstanding wines of Argyle Winery. While they produce both still and sparkling wines, it’s the bubbly that really sets the estate apart. Definitely not to be missed.
Domaine Ligier Pere & Fils Cremant du Jura Blancs de Blancs NV
If you love fresh, green apple and citrus, mineral-driven champagnes, this Cremant du Jura is perfect for you. Made from 100% Chardonnay, this is champagnesque sparkling wine is ideal for when you’ve blown your budget on oysters and caviar.