The holidays are a time of celebration—a celebration of friends, of family, of new beginnings and reminiscing—and that means Champagne. But here’s the thing about Champagne: It’s not exactly in everyone’s budget. And with that in mind we’ve put together a quick list of budget-friendly sparkling wines that are deceivingly delicious and perfect for raising a toast to the New Year.
The official sponsor of celebrations, Champagne is made primarily from three grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. For a sparkling wine to be considered Champagne, it must be produced in the Champagne region of France and meet the winemaking requirements of the region. Though the most common style is brut, Champagne ranges in sweetness from extra brut, brut, extra dry, sec, demi-sec and the sweetest, doux.
This Spanish sparkling wine must be produced in the Champenoise traditional method to be named a cava. Most cavas are produced in the Penedès area of Catalonia, where it is known as a “must have” at Catalan and Spanish family traditions.
Dominio de la Peseta Cava ($9.99)
The sparkling wine of Italy, Prosecco is made in two varieties: spumante (lots of bubbles) or frizzante (less sparkling). It has a fresh and citrusy flavor profile that makes it perfect as an apéritif. Prosecco is also perfectly suited to serve as the base in your brunch mimosa or sparkling cocktail.
Other Sparkling Wines
Most wine regions produce sparkling wine, and many sparklers outside of Champagne also offer less-pricey alternatives while still providing a superb and wonderfully delicious, bubbly experience.
Happy New Year everyone!