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 Wines

Acquesi NV Spumante Asti DOCG
94 points
$14
Best Buy
Brilliant straw color. Aromas of peach puree, fresh apricot, yellow apple, lime zest, and lemon candy with a satiny, lively, fizzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and an interesting, relaxed lemon curd, honeycomb, pineapple cola, mineral, and peach syrup finish with no oak flavor. An ethereal, delicious, and precisely balanced Sparkling Moscato; ready to pair with a fresh fruit and cream dessert - or replace dessert entirely.
94 points $14 Best Buy
Saracco 2018  Moscato dAsti DOP
94 points
$15.99
Best Buy
White gold color. Green, grassy aromas and flavors of tropical flowers and leaves, peach-pear compote, and honeyed herbs and spice with a round, vibrant, effervescent, sweet medium body and a sleek, nuanced, very long finish displaying notes of tropical fruit salad, orange and apricot sorbets, and wet sandstone. A robust, concentrated Moscato d’Asti with great fruity flavor and length.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Italian Wine Exceptional Value
94 points $15.99 Best Buy
Antech 2018 Emotion Brut Sparkling Rosé Crémant de Limoux AOC
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Steely amber color. Aromas and flavors of honey-roasted nuts, sliced strawberries, pickled watermelon, lemon pound cake with creme fraiche, thyme, and tarragon with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish displaying accents of yuzu custard with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fresh, friendly and mouthwatering Cremant de Limoux for any warm weather celebration.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
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
Ruggeri 2018 Giustino B. Extra Dry Prosecco Superiore DOCG
93 points
$31.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas of dried pear, hints of dried peach, purple flowers, and lime curd with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length green apple, almonds, and shortcake finish with no oak flavor. A fruity, palate-pleasing Prosecco that’s a joy to sip and celebrate with.
93 points $31.99
Heritage Prince Henri D’Orléans NV Blanc de Blancs Champagne
93 points
$113.90
Golden straw color. Aromas of crepes with butter, lemon curd, apples in caramel, forest mushrooms, and honeyed brioche with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, elegant, medium-long ripe peach, yuzu, chamomile tea and minerals finish with grippy tannins. A svelte Champagne with precise acidity that grips the palate with confidence and elegance.
93 points $113.90
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.
Alfred Tritant NV Mes Racines Grand Cru Brut Champagne Champagne
93 points
$58
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of honeyed brioche, dried mango, chamomile, lemon curd, buttercream, limestone, and toast with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long dried apricot and toasted almonds finish. A bright, fruity, lengthy Champagne that’s an elegant and complex choice for fine celebrations.
Mod NV Réserve Champagne
93 points
$300
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of parker dinner rolls, salted butter, pie crusts, cantaloupe, and parmesan with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-long finish displaying accents of honeysuckle, hazelnut, apricot preserves, meyer lemon, and acacia blossoms. A rich and muscular Champagne with a transformative finish.
Mod NV Blanc de Noirs Champagne
93 points
$450
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of sultana studded brioche, toasted pine nuts and pineapple cake with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish imparting nuances of hazelnut creme, toffee, and lemon marmalade with a suggestion of oak flavor. A nicely mature Champagne with great nutty character; an excellent toast for special occasions.