Sparkling Wine: Our Favorite Bubbles That Won’t Break the Bank

Posted by Keith Wallace

Sure, not all sparkling wine is Champagne. Sadly, many great bottles are now out of reach for most people. However, there are still great bottles of bubbly at reasonable prices.

Here at the Wine School, we believe everyone should be able to pop open a great bottle of bubbles no matter their bank account. This article offers a few of our top picks for quality and value.

The recommended bottles are available in our local shops in the tri-state region, as well as nationally. For more, check out our Bubbles 101 debrief below`!

Sparkling wine bottle and glass with bubbles illustration.

Celene “Cuvee Royale” Cremant de Bordeaux Brut ($)

A fantastic value from France. This wine has a generous feel due to its rich, creamy mousse. It is smooth and fruit-forward, with apples and citrus working in harmony.

Paula Kornell Brut ($$)

This new Napa Valley venture drinks more like Champagne than California. Apple, caramel, and lemon curd are among the vibrant flavors that the tiny bubbles leave behind. With a finish of apricot and biscuit, this bottle is brilliantly taut.

Moutard “Grand Cuvee” Champagne Brut ($$$)

This Blanc de Noir from Champagne is excellent with vibrant, fresh aromas. Top notes include lemon peel, white flowers, crushed rocks, mint, and slate. This represents excellent value among grower Champagnes. Moutard offers the best bang for your buck when it comes to Champagne.

Laurent Perrier La Cuvee Champagne Brut ($$$$)

For a splurge, this is the bottle I recommend. Floral aromas are layered with sweet bakery notes, making this a beautiful and elegant wine. This wine is generous and appealing on the palate, with apricot and toast. A great bottle to start or end the night.

More Sparkling Wine Recommendations

Want more? Check Alana’s free online sparkling wine class for more suggestions, including her favorite bottle of great-value Champagne.

Exploring Sparkling Rosé Options

If you are a fan of rosé, don’t overlook sparkling versions. Sparkling rosé wines offer a delightful blend of berry flavors and effervescence. Look for options like the Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Rosé. With its notes of strawberry and raspberry, this wine is perfect for a summer evening or a festive brunch.

Pairing Sparkling Wines with Food

Pairing sparkling wine with food can elevate both the wine and the dish. For a versatile option, try the Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava from Spain. Its crisp acidity and subtle flavors of green apple and citrus make it an excellent companion for a variety of dishes, from seafood to creamy pasta.

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