About Other Sparkling

About Other Sparkling
Sparkling wine covers many countries, grape types and quality levels. What all of these wines have in common are bubbles.

How the bubbles get there define the type and quality of the sparkling wine. The most famous sparkling wine of course is Champagne, from the eponymous region in France. These are made by what is known as the Champagne or "classic" method, where the secondary fermentation that produces the sparkle is done in an individual bottle. Other sparkling wines that use this method include Franciacorta and Alta Langa in Italy as well as Cava from Spain.

Other sparkling wines are made when the bubbles (or carbonation) is created in large tanks. While there are many inexpensive, simple sparkling wines made in this method, there are some excellent examples, most notably Prosecco.

Sparkling wines in many cases are meant to be drunk upon release, although the best examples of Champagne can age well for more than a decade. As sparkling wine is celebratory in nature, it is often used for toasting a special event, such as an anniversary or birthday. Yet the finest dry sparking wines work beautifully with a huge array of foods. These wines are arguably the finest food wines in the world.

Top Picks for Other Sparkling

Yarden 2010 Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Galilee
94 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of buttered brioche, apricot preserves, pear blossom, key lime, and sweet cheese danish with a satiny, racy, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, layered, medium-long Italian lemon, pickled ginger, marble, and toasted walnut finish with moderate oak flavor. Sonorous acidity and intense minerality make this a wine with fantastic cellarability; drink through 2040
94 points $32.99
Yarden 2007 Katzrin Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Galilee
94 points
Golden straw color. Fresh aromas of lemon curd, brioche, dried apricot, lime leaf, and pressed flowers with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long graham cracker, beeswax, and mango yogurt finish with light oak flavor. A mouth-filling, full-flavor sparkler from Galilee that offers a sophisticated, poignant Champagne-style wine.
94 points $105.99
Antech 2015 Emotion Sparkling Rosé Crémant de Limoux AOC
93 points
Best Buy
Silvery amber color. Fresh aromas of lemon curd on fresh crumpet, strawberry preserves, and nougat with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long white strawberry, clementine, and delicate anise cookie finish. A vibrant and flavor-packed sparkler that will make a wonderful aperitif.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Martini & Rossi NV Sparkling Rosé Piedmont
92 points
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
Veuve Ambal NV Expression Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Cremant de Bourgogne
92 points
Bright khaki orange color. Aromas of apricot preserves layered with strawberries, almond tea cakes, white cherry, and gunflint with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length hazelnut confection, toasted coconut, and mango finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A decadent rose Cremant de Bourgogne that is instantly appealing and always sophisticated.
92 points $25.99
Antech 2015 Cuvée Eugénie Sparkling Crémant de Limoux AOC
92 points
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas of ripe bosc pear, honey, apple blossom, dandelion, freshly risen dough, and slate with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long lemon and lime zest, pineapple, and toffee finish. A cheerful Cremant with great texture and generous fruit.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $20 and Under' Best Value French Sparkling Exceptional Value
92 points $19 Best Buy
Bee D’Vine NV Demi-Sec Sparkling Honey Wine
91 points
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of grape pips, exotic flowers, and almond butter with a bright, spritzy, fruity sweet medium body and a compelling, medium-length finish with notes of apple mint relish, vanilla cream, and melon balls with no oak flavor. A fun, fragrant spritzy off-dry sparkler that is perfect for dining al fresco.
Veuve Ambal NV Grande Cuvee Rosé Cremant de Bourgogne
91 points
Bright khaki orange color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cherry mostarda, raspberry, overripe strawberry, starfruit, sauteed mushroom, and toast with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with touches of lemon verbena and warm vanilla. A charming, food-friendly Cremant with a nice sense of purity; juicy and friendly.
91 points $19.99
Risata NV Sparkling Rosé Italy
91 points
Best Buy
Brilliant silvery pinkdark brown color. Fruity aromas and flavors of strawberries and nougat with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish manifesting suggestions of strawberry shortcake, apple, and clementine. A beautifully fruity and mouthwatering rose sparkler that is sure to please.
91 points $16.99 Best Buy
Ca’ D’or NV Noble Cuvée Franciacorta DOCG
91 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of lemon custard, popovers, oregano focaccia, gingerbread, and honey butter with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, complex, long dried apricot, lemon marmalade, walnut confection, dried mushrooms, and sea salt finish with light oak flavor. A gracious Franciacorta that will be stupendous with dinner, friends, and good times.