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

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
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
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.
Jip Jip Rocks NV Sparkling Shiraz
90 points
Garnet black color. Interesting aromas of blackberry, charred pie crusts, anise, and black cassis preserve with a velvety, crisp, effervescent, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long chocolate chunks, menthol, and fruit tisane finish. A fun, rich expression of bubbly Shiraz; a tasty Charcuterie companion.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Australian Sparkling
Acquesi NV Secco Asti
90 points
Best Buy
Yellow color. Floral, sweet aromas of honeysuckle, peach confection, elderflower, and candied lemon with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a graceful, medium-length apricot fruit leather, limestone, and orange blossom finish with no oak flavor. A dry, quenching Asti that will be lovely with Italian cheeses, shellfish and more.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Magnotta NV Venture Series Starlight Sparkling Riesling-Vidal Blanc
89 points
Yellow straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of roasted peach, elderflower syrup, honey soaked tea cakes, and honeycrisp apple with a supple, crisp, fizzy, fruity medium body and an effortless, charming, medium-length finish with notes of tangerine peel, pineapples in cream, and lemon bar with no oak flavor. A cheerful sparkler with kisses of sweetness and heady florals.
89 points $25.95
Ca’ D’or NV Noble Sparkling Rosé Franciacorta DOCG
89 points
Pale amber salmon color. Earthy aromas of horse blanket, lemon rind, cherry mostarda, and pine with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long marinated strawberry, toasted baguette, and salt-cured olives finish with light oak flavor. Old-world Pinot Nero shines in this rose Franciacorta, sultry earthiness makes for an intellectual sparkler.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Brut Rosé California
89 points
Best Buy
Pale orange salmon color. Aromas and flavors of lemon peel, underripe strawberries, nectarine, wheat grass, and wool with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, crisp finish with notes of strawberry confiture and gravel with no oak flavor. A tasty and balanced anytime sparkler.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
90+ Cellars NV  Prosecco DOC
89 points
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Attractive aromas of dried pineapple, light honey, and shortcake with a satiny, vibrant, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length white peach, lemon spritz, and sweet ginger finish with no oak flavor. A bright and cheerful prosecco with a charming personality.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Stella Rosa NV Pearl Lux Sparkling Italy
88 points
Yellow color. Aromas of lemon balm, sourdough bread, orange blossom, and egg custard with a bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a quick fruit cup finish. A fizzy pleaser in a lighthearted style; pour atop sorbet or enjoy with cheeses.