Sparkling wines are perfect for adding some extra fun and flair from everything from special occasions to your average weeknight. But don’t let the price of certain sparklers scare you off because there are plenty of budget-friendly, quality bottles to be enjoyed.
Case and proof: Five sparklers from around the world made our Top 100 Best Buys of 2020, meaning they scored well on our 100-point scale and clock in at $15 or less.
Whether you prefer the light citrusy fizz or traditional toasty brioche notes, there is something for everyone.
Sparkling wines to look for
Cave de Ribeauvillé NV Giersberger Rosé Brut (Crémant d’Alsace); $15, 92 points. Notes of lemon and red currant are beautifully aromatic on the nose of this lively sparkler. That red currant note is intensified on the palate by a fine line of pithiness that sits well with bright citrus freshness. The finish is lip-smackingly refreshing, dry and brims with fruit. Multiple U.S. importers. Best Buy. —Anne Krebiehl MW
Scotto Family Cellars NV Brut (California); $15, 92 points. This richly textured wine has gorgeous aromas of toast and fig that lead into flavors of just-ripe Pippin apple and Bosc pear on the palate. Partially barrel fermented, it has an enticing mouthfeel that’s luxurious and complex. Best Buy. —Jim Gordon
Pizzolato 2018 Fields Brut Frizzante (Prosecco); $15, 90 points. Made with organically farmed grapes, this opens with enticing aromas of citrus blossom and Bartlett pear. The bright palate delivers white peach, lemon zest and almond alongside crisp acidity and refined bubbles. Natural Merchants, Inc. Best Buy. —Kerin O’Keefe
Domaine Bousquet NV Brut Rosé Pinot Noir-Chardonnay Made with Organic Grapes (Tupungato); $13, 88 points. Aromas of bubble gum, red plum and cherry lead to an easygoing palate that’s in balance. Mild flavors of berries and red apple hold steady on a solid finish. This bubbly is likable and easy to drink. WISD LLC. Best Buy. —Michael Schachner
Masia Salat NV Organic Brut Nature (Cava); $13, 88 points. Airy aromas are light and suggest pear and cider. This organic brut nature is lively and round in shape. Briny nectarine and green melon flavors finish mild and dry. Winesellers, Ltd. Best Buy. —M.S.