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

Ruggeri 2020 Giustino B Prosecco DOCG
94 points
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple gummies, lemon swathe, and mandarin with a lean, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry light body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish that presents touches of ripe pear and cantaloupe with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. Perfectly balanced bubbly; great for sipping or pairing.
Awards: 2021 Best Prosecco
94 points $31.99
Acquesi NV Spumante Asti DOCG
94 points
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.
Awards: 2021 Best Asti Spumante
94 points $14 Best Buy
Antech 2018 Emotion Brut Sparkling Rosé Crémant de Limoux AOC
93 points
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.
Awards: 2021 Best Cremant
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Damiani Wine Cellars 2013 Brut Méthode Champenoise Finger Lakes
93 points
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
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
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
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.
William Heritage 2018 Blanc de Noirs Outer Coastal Plain
92 points
Pale gold color. Aromas of peach cobbler, honey, and toasted brioche with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry light body and an effortless, medium-length hints of white strawberry and baklava finish. A crisp and elegant Blanc de Noirs with nice texture and depth.
Saracco 2020 Moscato dAsti Piemonte DOC
92 points
Best Buy
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas of white flowers, apricots in syrup, guava, honey cake, and angel food cake with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, sweet full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long sugared peaches and wildflower honey finish with no oak flavor. Lovely balance and complex honied flavors shine in this great example of Piedmont’s Moscato d’Asti.
Awards: 2021 Best Moscato d'Asti
92 points $16 Best Buy
Stone Hill NV Demi-Sec Sparkling Wine Hermann
92 points
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe peach, mango, lychee, lime, and tarragon with a round, crisp, effervescent, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish evoking suggestions of pears in syrup with no oak flavor. A fresh, pure and exotic sparkling wine for fans of Gewurztraminer.
92 points $20 Best Buy