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

Tabone Vineyards 2020 Bubbly Riesling
93 points
$30
Smells and tastes like Riesling; the bubbles are fun and lively, so an all around winner.
Martini & Rossi NV Extra Dry Sparkling Rosé
93 points
$14
Best Buy
A uniquely savory yet fruit forward style of sparkling wine that you could drink with anything and everything.
93 points $14 Best Buy
Peller Estates NV Ice Cuvee Rose Niagara Peninsula VQA
93 points
$27
A harmonious melange of red berries and orchard fruit make up this fresh, sophisticated sparkler.
City Winery 2018 Methode Champenoise North Fork Of Long Island
93 points
$42
This is a wine that over delivers with complex aromas; find yourself in a field full of sunflowers.
Awards: 2023 Americana Cup - Best Sparkling Wine
Fulkerson NV Sparklin Diamond
92 points
$16
Best Buy
A delicious off-dry sparkler with rich ripe fruit for days.
92 points $16 Best Buy
St. Julian NV Gru V Bubbly Gruner Veltliner
92 points
$15
Best Buy
A racy and rewarding sparkling Gruner with great fruit and savory table tuned flavors and structure, especially salads.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Shady Lane Cellars 2021 Sparkling Riesling
92 points
$25
An all star picnic wine for those looking for something with a little sweetness and floral characteristics.
Peller Estates NV Signature Series Ice Cuvee Classic Niagara Peninsula VQA
92 points
$26
An approachable and very solid example of Canadian sparkling wine bursting with fruit flavor while maintaining a citrus forward acidity.
Weis Vineyards 2021 Perle Rosé Finger Lakes
91 points
$19
An elegant and balanced Rosé sparkler that will be very versatile.
Damiani Wine Cellars 2016 Brut Method Champenoise Finger Lakes
91 points
$44.99
A well poised Champagne-like bubbly that will be sensational at the table.
91 points $44.99