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From holiday festivities to summertime celebrations, it’s always the perfect season for popping a bottle of bubbly. But sparkling wines needn’t break the bank. With more budget-minded bottles on the market than ever before, it’s easy to find an everyday sparkler. Here are 25 of our favorites, all coming in at $25 or less.
Clotilde Davenne Cremant de Bourgogne (France)
Clotilde Davenne has been growing grapes in Chablis since the early 1990s, though her wines are just now beginning to take hold in the U.S. Like most Champagnes, her Cremant is made from a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and reflects that style in its richness and complexity. It has a lemony tang and as a delicate toasty, fruity quality.
Monmousseau Cremant De Loire (France)
The Loire Valley is having a moment, and its lovely sparklers are no exception. This well-priced brut Cremant is made from 50 percent Chenin Blanc, 30 percent Chardonnay with a bit of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon added in for added depth. It’s straightforward and clean, with a bit of fruit on the nose and palate.
Zusslin Cremant d’Alsace Brut Zero Sans Soufre (France)
This non-dose—read: no sugar added—sparkling wine from Alsace is bone dry but very expressive. Auxerrois Blanc makes up 95 percent of this wine, balanced by a bit of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, all of which are biodynamically grown, yielding a wine with loads of bright acidity as well as a bit of heft.
Nino Franco Prosecco Rustico (Italy)
As classic a Prosecco as they come, this 11-percent ABV aperitif offers up notes ranging from stone fruit flavors of peach and apricot to fresh-baked bread.
Trevisiol Prosecco (Italy)
This Prosecco represents precisely why Italian bubbly has become so many peoples’ go-to everyday sparkler. Light, uncomplicated and kissed with light floral and fruit notes, it’s perfect for toasting everything from a birthday to a simple Tuesday night.
Lini 910 “Labrusca” Lambrusco Bianco NV (Italy)
This ultra unique bottle of white Lambrusco comes from a family that’s been making wine in Emilia Romagna for more than a century. Pale yellow in color, bright and zesty on the palate, the wine makes a lovely aperitif alongside cured meats and salty, hard cheeses.
Raventos i Blanc (Spain)
Somewhere along the way, Cava got a bad rap. But wineries like Raventos stand in direct, and delicious, opposition to that misconception. Composed entirely of Spanish varietals (Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada), it’s refreshingly smooth, with notes of green apple and lemon zest.
Naveran Cava Brut Vintage 2010 (Spain)
Another fantastic deal from Catalonia, this Cava benefits from 18 months on its lees, which lends depth as well as the toasted brioche note so typically found in Champagne. Sweet lemon and a hint of salinity on the finish round out this beautiful steal of a sparkler.
$ 13.50, linerandelsen.com
Domaine Carneros Brut (USA)
A satellite domaine of the famous Champagne house Tattinger, Domaine Carneros’ basic brut is a classic combination of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and offers a great value for those looking for a taste of Champagne at not-quite Champagne prices. Plus, in 2008, all of Domaine Carneros’ vineyards became certified-organic.
Punkt Genau Sparkling Gruner Veltliner (Austria)
Gruner Veltliner gets spritzed up in this Austrian sparkler. Loads of green apple, fresh lemon peel flavors and an 11-percent ABV help turn any event into a celebration.
Bruder Dr. Becker Scheurebe Sekt Extra Trocken (Germany)
When it comes to geeky wine grapes, we can’t get enough of the Riesling/Sylvaner hybrid Scheurebe. First grafted in 1916, it possesses all the racy acidity of a dry Riesling with a freshness all its own. This methode champenoise-produced sparkler comes in at 12.5 percent alcohol and is bottled with just a kiss of residual sugar invoking notes of pear, grapefruit and hibiscus.
Spirit of the Andes Sparkling Torrontés (Argentina)
We can’t get enough of this South American sparkler. Made in the Champagne method and fermented bone, bone dry, bright lemon acidity, ripe pear and a kiss of brisk sea air draw us in for sip after sip.
Grange Tiphaine Rosa Rosé Rosam (France)
As fun to drink as it is to say, this light pink Methode Ancestrale bubbly comes from the Loire, home to some of the most innovative winemaking that’s happening right now. Malbec-based, off-dry yet refreshing, it bursts with tart red berries. Sip this all summer long.
Clos de la Briderie “Pureté de Silex” Crémant de Loire (France)
Biodynamically farmed, hand-harvested and fermented with indigenous yeasts, this pale pink mix of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon offers big bang for the buck with brunch-friendly notes of fresh citrus, apple and pear and a trace of minerality and toast on the finish.
Domaine Collin Cremant de Limoux “Tradition” Brut (France)
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Chenin Blanc make up this methode champenoise-styled sparkling rosé from Southwest France’s Languedoc region. Consistent carbonation, bright fruit flavors and lively acidity make this bottle a complete package of deliciousness.
Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rosé (France)
Arguably one of the best-known budget-friendly sparkling rosés, this 100 percent Pinot Noir is as quaffable as it gets. Notes of fresh strawberries, red raspberries and dried herbs make it a crowd-pleaser through and through.
Patrick Bottex “La Cueille” Bugey Cerdon NV (France)
Looking for the ultimate brunch bubbly? This vibrant rosé produced in France’s Savoie region is combines Gamay and Poulsard grapes for an 8-percent ABV offering with fresh berry flavors and a hint of residual sugar, making it a great match to everything from crepes to quiche.
Colli della Murgia Galetto Sparkling Rosé (Italy)
Aglianicos from Italy’s Apulia region (that’s in the heel of the boot) have a reputation for being tannic and harsh, but this sparkling version is a rare, sophisticated treat with a soft, supple body, lively acidity and lingering red berry flavors.
Gruet Rosé Brut (USA)
With a family history in Champagne, but a New World winemaking sensibility, the Gruet family produces some of the best value-friendly bubbly in America. Aged two years before bottling, this ruby-hued rosé is full-bodied with zippy red fruit flavors.
Meinklang Pinot Noir Rosé Prosa (Austria)
This semi-sparkling Burgundian Pinot Noir exudes a bright, fizzy freshness and notes of ripe strawberries and roses. Pop it open with brunch, or at aperitif hour alongside a wedge of parmesan and a crusty baguette.
Luis Pato Bruto Baga Vinho Espumante Rose (Portugal)
Think Portugal only makes Port? Not so fast. Crafted from the Baga grape in northern Portugal’s Bairrada region, this robust rosé offers rich minerality and dusty tannins rarely found in fizzy wines at this price.
Venturini-Baldini Lambrusco (Italy)
The label alone is enough to make us feel like we’re about to crack into a good time, and the first sip doesn’t disappoint with a balance of food-friendly tannin, acid and lots of dark berry fruit flavors.
Paolo Palumbo Lettere (Italy)
Southern Italy is pizza territory, and this volcanically grown, off-dry mix Aglianico, Piedirosso and Sciacinoso from third-generation Naples winemaker Paulo Paulumbo is just the sparkler to uncork alongside oven-blistered, thin-crusted pies topped with melted mozz and chopped fresh basil.
Rota Lambrusco (Italy)
An organic, ultra-dry example of the versatility of Lambrusco. Give it a good chill and enjoy its mellow tannins and faint hint of fruit with a plate of salty Italian cheeses and some good friends.
The Red Brute (Australia)
A sparkling wine for Shiraz lovers, this Australian bubbly is rich and spicy, with deep, dark, sweet berry flavors and a lovely color to match. Heavy enough to stand up to richer foods, it will be especially at home at summer barbecues and on picnic tables.