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.
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
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
Bee D’Vine NV Demi-Sec Sparkling Honey Wine
91 points
$49
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
$19.99
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
$16.99
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