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

Damiani Wine Cellars 2013 Brut Méthode Champenoise Finger Lakes
93 points
$42.99
White gold color. Floral, toasty aromas and flavors of orange marmalade and toasted brioche, spiced caramel apple in cast iron, and apple blossoms with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, complex, very long finish manifesting impressions of caramelized citrus, roasted apples and pears, sautéed almonds, and minerals with a suggestion of oak flavor. A toasty, robust Champagne-like bubbly for fans of Krug.
93 points $42.99
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.
Buttonwood Grove Winery 2019 Bubbly Riesling
91 points
$17
Best Buy
Pale emerald straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of kiwi, pineapple, petrol, banana, and ripe apricot with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, delightful, medium-length finish imparting overtones of peaches in syrup, sugared ripe tangerine, and sweet apples with no oak flavor. A fruity, easy-to-love sparkler; fun and fresh.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Winery of Ellicottville NV Bubbly Riesling
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of apple fritters, hints of peach, and marmalade with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish displaying accents of shale and hints of toasted grain with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and no oak flavor. An absolute delight of a sparkling Riesling; this is a welcoming and sophisticated wine that can pair with just about any cuisine or occasion.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Bellview Winery NV Pet Nat Outer Coastal Plain
91 points
$20
Cloudy pale steely amber color. Aromas of white peach, lime, and ginger with a round, vibrant, petillant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long underripe melon, cracked pepper, and minerals finish with no oak flavor. A fun and fruity Pet-Nat with bold Prosecco-esque peachiness, racy acidity and mouthwatering minerality; a true charmer for the natural set.
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
Sidewood NV Sparkling Rosé Adelaide Hills
90 points
$19
Silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of pink lady apples, under-ripe strawberries, nectarine, sliced celery, and hints of toasted shortcake with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, captivating, medium-length finish manifesting notes of pink peppercorn with a suggestion of oak flavor. A light, fresh, fruity and buoyant sparkler with a dry sensibility.
Supernova 2019 Sparkling Rosé California
89 points
$25
Bright salmon orange color. Aromas of ripe raspberry, whipped cream, and vanilla with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant cranberry, dried citrus, toast, and praline finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A zippy Rosé sparkler with bright acidity.
Weis Vineyards 2019  Perle
88 points
$18
Silvery straw color. Aromas of ripe melons, honey, and spiced coconut buttercream with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, interesting, crisp white flowers, lychee, and lime finish with crunchy tannins and no oak flavor. A fun, dry-yet-fruity sparkler with exotic fruit and floral aromas.
Chevalier du Grand Robert NV Cremant Brut Rosé Cremant de Bordeaux
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale pink coral color. Aromas of wild strawberry preserves, candied cherry, tart raspberry, biscuit, and cracked pepper on fresh bread with an vibrant, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length dressed radicchio finish with no oak flavor. A dry and flavorful Cremant that is effortlessly enjoyable and highly pairable.
88 points $14 Best Buy