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
$32.99
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
$105.99
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
Sidewood 2014 Isabella Sparkling Rosé Adelaide Hills
93 points
$25
Steely amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of brioche, ripe cantaloupe, cranberry relish, strawberry preserves, nutmeg, and honey butter with a silky, lively, effervescent, dryish full body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long finish manifesting shades of toasted almonds in nougat and hint of menthol-mint with a suggestion of oak flavor. A terrific Australian sparkler with a svelte body, sophisticated aromas, and acidity that doesn’t quit; drink now or cellar.
Antech 2015 Emotion Sparkling Rosé Crémant de Limoux AOC
93 points
$19
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
Sidewood 2014 Isabella Sparkling Rosé Adelaide Hills
92 points
$25
Pale golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried apricot, pressed flowers, nut-studded toffee, and strawberry jam with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long finish with notes of shortbread and marmalade. A serious sparkler with elegant fruit and sophisticated bubbles.
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
Veuve Ambal NV Expression Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Cremant de Bourgogne
92 points
$25.99
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
$19
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
Bellview Winery NV Pet Nat Outer Coastal Plain
91 points
$20
Cloudy pale steely amber color. Aromas of white peach, lime, and ginger with a round, vibrant, petillant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long underripe melon, cracked pepper, and minerals finish with no oak flavor. A fun and fruity Pet-Nat with bold Prosecco-esque peachiness, racy acidity and mouthwatering minerality; a true charmer for the natural set.
Sidewood NV Sparkling Pinot Noir-Chardonnay
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of heirloom apple, pineapple, green apple, chalk, white flowers, and beeswax with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a polished, intriguing, medium-long finish displaying accents of salted butter and Parker dinner rolls. A mineral-driven, crisp and clean sparkler for celebratory toasting.
91 points $18 Best Buy