About Sparkling Wines from Italy

About Sparkling Wines from Italy
Italy is regularly the world's leading producer of wine quantity-wise (or second next to France - the numbers are very similar), which should come as no surprise, as wine is produced in each of the country's 20 regions (this is the only country in the world where this is true). While there are still many inexpensive red wines produced in the south as well as in Abruzzo in the country's central region,along with a multitude of value-priced whites from the Veneto region in the north, the emphasis over the last thirty years in the Italian wine industry has been more on quality as well as regional and varietal differences in their wines. Some of the world's most highly regarded red wines, such as Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany) as well as Barolo and Barbaresco (Piedmont) are produced in Italy and have brought the country great respect from critics and consumers the world round. Of course, Chianti is a moderately priced red that is as popular a red wine as there is anywhere and Barbera from Piedmont and Nero d'Avola from Sicily, two tangy, spicy reds, have become extremely popular over the past two decades. As of late, Italian white wines have made great strides, as examples from Friuli, Alto Adige and Campania among other regions, have been recognized for their distinctiveness and vibrancy. Combining a sense of history with the emphasis on traditional indigenous varieties, along with a willingness to experiment and craft wines that modern consumers are looking for, the Italian wine industry is as strong and as relevant as ever.

Top Picks for Italy

Sparkling Wines

Saracco 2018  Moscato dAsti DOP
95 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeycomb, summer peach, lilac, and lemon bar with a crisp, very sweet fat body and a medium-length finish revealing notes of candied pear, vanilla bean, creme caramel with roasted stone fruits, and mandarin orange segments in syrup. A sweet, vibrant Moscato with great depth of flavor; serve with gusto.
95 points $16.99 Best Buy
Saracco 2018  Moscato dAsti DOP
94 points
$15.99
Best Buy
White gold color. Green, grassy aromas and flavors of tropical flowers and leaves, peach-pear compote, and honeyed herbs and spice with a round, vibrant, effervescent, sweet medium body and a sleek, nuanced, very long finish displaying notes of tropical fruit salad, orange and apricot sorbets, and wet sandstone. A robust, concentrated Moscato d’Asti with great fruity flavor and length.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Italian Wine Exceptional Value
94 points $15.99 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature NV  Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG
92 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon drop candies, juicy pear, pineapple, gremolata, ripe melon, and white peach with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length finish evoking shades of white strawberry and limestone with no oak flavor. A crisp and joyful Prosecco with elegant notes of orchard fruit and fresh herbs.
92 points $6.99 Best Buy
Martini & Rossi NV Spumante Asti DOCG
92 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Fresh, attractive aromas and flavors of caramel corn and pound cake with peach sherbet with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, elegant, long finish revealing notes of candied apricot, golden raisins, and orange blossom honey. A vibrantly delicious Moscato d’Asti that is sure to please.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under' Exceptional Value
92 points $12.99 Best Buy
Martini & Rossi NV Sparkling Rosé Piedmont
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Toasty aromas and flavors of buttery nut brittle, berry jam on toasted pumpernickel, tapenade, and schmaltz biscuit with a round, effervescent, fruity full body and a graceful, intricate, very long finish with elements of watermelon sorbet, white chocolate strawberries, tangerine and kiwi relish, and wet limestone. A robust and pure pink sparkler that invigorates the palate and delights the senses.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under'
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Ruggeri NV Argeo Prosecco di Treviso DOC
92 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of ripe apple and pastry dough with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, brisk honeycomb and banana finish. A light, clean and fruity Prosecco with juicy notes of apple.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $20 and Under' Exceptional Value
92 points $15.99 Best Buy
Alberto Nani NV Organic Prosecco DOC
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Tropical, toasty aromas of exotic tropical fruit salad, almond caramel cake, and spiced apple with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a smooth, delightful, long banana custard, kiwi and melon, and wet limestone finish. A rich, exotically fruity Prosecco that will stand up to rich foods.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $20 and Under'
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Ruggeri 2017 Giustino B. Extra Dry Prosecco Superiore DOCG
92 points
$32.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of apple strudel and banana cupcake with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, long finish with notes of tropical citrus melange, almond brittle, and minerals with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delicious and stylish Prosecco with a come hither quality.
92 points $32.99
Segura Viudas NV Estate Bottled Brut Cava Penedès DO
91 points
$12
Best Buy
Clear silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, nectarine, and grassy earth with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, long finish with accents of clementine, green apple, and limestone. A vibrant, spot-on Cava that captures the flavor, versatility and charm of the region and category.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Spanish Sparkling Wine
91 points $12 Best Buy
Cuvage NV Brut Sparkling Rosé Nebbiolo
91 points
$39.99
Topaz gray color. Inviting aromas and flavors of ripe cantaloupe, orange chiffon, rose hips, and toasted almond pastry with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish manifesting notes of fennel seed, tarragon, and pickled peach. A divine Nebbiolo Brut Rose sparkler that will pair effortlessly with hors d’ouevres and delight your guests.
91 points $39.99