Best Inexpensive Sparkling Wine

218969
Antech
2014 Cuvee Eugenie Brut Limoux
Light yellow straw color. Grassy aromas of hay, yellow delicious apple, honeycomb, and vanilla custard with an tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-long golden delicious apple, honeysuckle nectar, dried marigold, and honeyed biscuit finish with fruit, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lovely and vibrant summer wine.
94 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219960
Le Grand Courtâge
NV Grande Cuvee Brut Rosé France
Brilliant steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of fresh lemon peels, mixed melon balls, honey drizzle, and spring flowers and coconut husk with a silky, finely carbonated, dry light body and a nuanced, medium-long quartz-like minerality, sea salt, and edible flowers finish with fine tannins. Striking minerality, an elegantly fruity nose, and sophisticated texture will keep you coming back to discover new intricacies in this beautiful French wine.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
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
218968
Antech
2014 Emotion Limoux
Pale khaki orange color. Aromas of peach skin, mango bubble gum, chalk, and musk with a soft, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-long peaches and cream, dried papaya, nougat, and spiced lemon and apples finish with fruit, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A great example of a clean, vibrantly flavorful French sparkler with a real sense of place.
93 points $16.99 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
219684
Acquesi
NV Brachetto Piemonte
Bright light ruby color. Perfumed, fruity aromas and flavors of candied strawberries, juicy apple, and peach blossom with a round, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length ripe red apples finish with fine, fruit, cottony tannins. A great aperitivo or post-dinner wine.
93 points $19.99 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
220048
Chandelier
NV Sparkling Wine Italy
Brilliant straw green color. Fresh, clean aromas of pink grapefruit, fresh cut grass, spring rain in a flowery meadow, and dried coconut flakes with a round, crisp, fizzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a delightful, cheery poached apricot and tangerine custard, maraschino cherry pit, tarragon, and apple skins finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A charming, balanced, and fruity wine to share with friends.
92 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218970
Antech
NV Tradition Brut Limoux
Brilliant yellow straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of beeswax, green almond, clementine, and melon with a round, finely carbonated, dry light body and a complex, medium-long wildflowers, apricot, preserved lemon, and green almond finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak. A round, well-balanced sparkler with bright acidity and an easy drinking appeal.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215568
Cupcake
2015 Moscato d'Asti DOCG
Pale yellow straw color. Delicate aromas and flavors of soda bread, yellow apple, and nectarine with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length honeyed peach, spiced apples, lemon sorbet, and minerals finish with no oak. A pure and delicious Moscato d’Asti with nice dimension and balance.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab