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

Le Chemin Du Roi NV Brut Rosé Champagne
94 points
Rich salmon orange color. Toasty aromas and flavors of dark brioche, dried citrus, and roasted nuts and sesame with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, nuanced, very long finish with notes of reduced lemon and minerals with fine, silky, fruit tannins. A rich and powerfully delicious Rose Champagne that hits all the high notes.
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
Maison Marcel NV Sparkling Hearts Extra Dry Rosé Mediterranee IGP
93 points
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of strawberries in cream, lemon marmalade, and butter sauteed peach with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish manifesting nuances of clementine, custard, and minerals with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A wonderfully crisp and refreshing French bubbly with fine fruit and balance.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Mumm Napa NV Blanc De Blancs Napa County
93 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of vanilla frosted banana and coconut cakes and spiced pineapple with a bright, bubbly, dry full body and a long fruit parfait, creme anglaise, and macaroons finish with no oak flavor. A creamy, buttery, richly fruit-driven domestic sparkler that will appeal to Champagne drinkers.
City Winery 2018 Methode Champenoise North Fork Of Long Island
93 points
Straw color. Aromas of lemongrass, carrot cake, malted barley, and sunflower with a full body and a long roasted pear, cold herbs, apple core, and green fig finish. This is a wine that over delivers with complex aromas; find yourself in a field full of sunflowers.
Champagne Trouillard NV Comte Decrion Brut Champagne
93 points
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of peach jam on toast, lemon marmalade, and praline with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a sleek, appealing, medium-long finish that shows accents of creme brulee and spiced citrus salad. A nutty, juicy, vanilla-kissed Champagne that is sure to please.
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