About Sparkling Wines

Sparkling wine has effervescence - bubbles- that are the result of a secondary fermentation. This fermentation can take place in the bottle itself or in a tank, after which it is then bottled.

Sparkling wines are produced in many countries around the world; the most famous examples are from Champagne. The method used to create Champagne is known as the classic method outside this region and is used to produce bubblies such as Cava in Spain, Franciacorta and Alta Langa in Italy as well as the finest sparkling wines in countries such as the USA, New Zealand and Australia.

Sparkling wines with their bubbles are celebratory wines to be sure, but they are also among the finest food wines produced, as they can accompany a wide variety of foods. Sparkling wines range from extremely dry to very sweet and are produced in several versions from Blanc de Blancs (only white grapes) to Rosé, which have a copper, salmon or pink color.
Top Picks for Sparkling
217245
Bouché Père et Fils
2004 Champagne
Light gold color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced apples and lemons, fresh brioche, and almond cookie with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, amusing, very long Meyer lemon, sweet cream, delicately spiced nougat, and chalk finish. A rich, vibrant vintage Champagne with truly mouth-filling flavor that drinks like a Tete de Cuvée – impressive!
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214915
Illinois Sparkling Co.
2013 Extra Brut Illinois
Bright medium golden straw color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of pineapple soufflé, baklava, and delicate fresh herbs with a glycerous, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length kiwi and lemon, tart green apple, and praline finish with crunchy, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A lovely, crisp, and invigorating Cava-like sparkler.
94 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217825
Ruggeri
2014 Giustino B Prosecco DOCG
Bright yellow straw color. Earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of waxy honeycomb, spiced apple and pear, and nougat with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, clementine and lime, delicate spices, meringue, and minerals finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A lush, full-bodied Prosecco with many layers of flavor and pinpoint acidity.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217422
Primanatura
NV Prosecco DOC
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of kiwi, citrus, melon rind, and straw and bread crust with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length nectarine skin and lime finish with crunchy, fruit tannins. A crisp, flavorful Prosecco for casual revelries.
93 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215131
Ricossa
2015 Moscato d'Asti DOCG
Bright pale light straw green color. Aromas and flavors of spiced green pears, peach skin, white flowers, and hint of lemon pith with an lively, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a silky, elegant, medium-length finish with soft tannins and no oak.
93 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214916
Illinois Sparkling Co.
2012 "Franken's" French Hybrid Brut Illinois
Bright light pink coral color. Bright, fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of peaches in cream, strawberries shortcake, and lemon chiffon with a soft, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length cranberry sauce on crepes, citrus marmalade, and custard finish with fine, crunchy tannins and no oak. A very pretty, flavorful and refreshing rosé sparkler.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214575
Saracco
2015 Moscato d'Asti DOP
Silvery straw color. Bright, floral, fruity earthy aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, orange custard, and lanolin lotion with a silky, tangy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, long honeyed apricots and lemon sorbet finish with no oak. A delicious fruity, floral and vibrant Moscato d’Asti.
93 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218292
Janisson & Fils
NV Brut Tradition Champagne
Golden straw color. Toasty aromas and flavors of apple and lemon puff pastry and nougat with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long honeyed citrus, green apple, and dried apricot finish with soft, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A rich, zesty Champagne that is very palate stimulating.
92 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217824
Ruggeri
NV Giall'oro Prosecco DOCG DOC
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of lemon spritzed melon, yellow apple, and delicate spice with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, captivating, long sweet citrus and minerals finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A rich, sumptuous Prosecco with baskets of ripe fruit flavor and great mouthwatering structure.
92 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217567
Luc Belaire
NV Rare Rosé France
Reddish pink color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of spiced strawberries drizzled in white chocolate, raisin toast, and ground almonds with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long cranberry seltzer, clementine, and minerals finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins. A vivacious rose sparkling with rich flavors and structure.
92 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab