10 of Our Favorite Sparkling Wines for Less than $25

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Whether you’re toasting a major milestone or simply the end of the week, drinking bubbles always feels celebratory. Here are 10 sparkling wines from Italy to California, all for less than $25.

A Six-Bottle Master Class to Sparkling Wine 

Paltrinieri 2019 Radice (Lambrusco di Sorbara); $20, 95 points. Made by carrying out the second fermentation in the bottle, this radiant, lightly sparkling wine opens with heady aromas of citrus, violet and a yeasty whiff of bread dough. Bone-dry and delicious, the energized palate delivers tart sour cherry, juicy pomegranate, pink grapefruit and white pepper alongside crisp acidity and a savory hint of saline. One bottle probably won’t be enough. Lyra Wine. Editors’ Choice. —Kerin O’Keefe

Saracco 2019 Moscato d’Asti; $17, 95 points. From the producer that put Moscato d’Asti on the map, this exhilarating, fragrant wine offers heady aromas of citrus blossom, yellow stone fruit, lemon and botanical herb. Reflecting the nose, the savory, vibrant palate doles out juicy apricot and yellow peach while notes of sage and rosemary add depth. Crisp acidity balances the sweetness and gives it a pristine, tangy finish while a foaming mousse lends finesse. WinesU. Editors’ Choice. —K.O.

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. Editors’ Choice. —Jim Gordon

Scharffenberger NV Brut Excellence Sparkling (Anderson Valley); $20, 91 points. A well-rounded, supple texture surrounds attractive toast and nut flavors in this suave and mouthfilling wine. Notes of biscuit, peach and toasted bread give it a nice sense of maturity and complexity. —J.G.

Beach Juice 2019 Bubbles Sparkling Rosé (California); $6/375ml, 90 points. Packaged in seaside-perfect cans, this sparkling rosé is quite tasty, starting with aromas of melon, strawberry, chalk and rose blossoms. The palate is clean and refreshing, with joyous flavors of raspberry and orange peel. Best Buy. —Matt Kettmann

Dopff & Irion NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Pinot Auxerrois (CrĂ©mant d’Alsace); $19, 90 points. Notions of creamy lemon yeast burst with every bubble that rises to this wine’s surface. The body adds a subtle, textural yeasty backdrop while bubbles continue to froth, transporting more freshness against a mellow background. Slender, bright, vivid and smooth, it makes a beautiful aperitif. Dreyfus, Ashby & Co. —Anne Krebiehl MW

Lucien Albrecht NV RosĂ© Brut (CrĂ©mant d’Alsace); $24, 90 points. In this wine, a subtle palate of rye crumb, red apple and lemon follows a subued nose. A lovely balance of flavors shows on the slender palate, with the freshness and juiciness of ripe apple. Fine bubbles create resonance on the dry finish. Foley Family Wines. —A.K.

Vignerons de Mancey NV Brut Réserve (Crémant de Bourgogne); $22, 90 points. Ripe red and yellow apple create a fruity nose on this wine. The palate has ripe apple mellowness and creamy roundness, as well as a crisp nature. Bubbles are lively and this dry wine presents a harmonious whole. Authentic Wine Selections. —A.K.

We Recommend:

Domaine la Croix des Vainqueurs NV Le Bouchet Brut (Vouvray); $19, 89 points. Two years aging after the disgorgement has just begun the maturing process of this peach- and apple-flavored wine. It is zesty, the creamy mousse and acidity giving a final lift. Drink now. Misa Imports. —Roger Voss

Domaine Ste. Michelle NV Brut RosĂ© MĂ©thode Champenoise Sparkling (Columbia Valley); $13, 89 points. Very appealing aromas of baked bread, poached pear and citrus are followed by crisp apple flavors. It’s thoroughly enchanting and a bargain to boot. Best Buy. —Sean P. Sullivan

 

Published on April 30, 2021
Topics: Buying Guide