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.
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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.
Texas may not be the first place you think of when you think of sparkling wine, but McPherson Cellars of Lubbock is out to change minds with its Sparkling Chenin Blanc. The James Beard Award-nominated winery produces a fabulous semi-dry sparkler. This light-bodied wine is perfect for sipping alone or for kicking off a festive dinner party.
Cava is Spain’s answer to champagne—and it’s a fantastic fizz that won’t break the bank. Pere Ventura’s rosé is made from the local Trepat grape and is full of red berry and rose petal aromas. It’s an ideal pairing for baked salmon.
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.
We love Riondo Prosecco Spago Nero because it’s fruity and light-bodied. A glass of this bubbly won’t weigh you down, meaning you can mix and mingle at the holiday party. Plus, it pairs well with lots of fruit-forward holiday treats.