Champagne -- the real stuff from France -- has a reputation for astronomical price tags. Luckily, options for bubbly on a budget abound. Cheapism.com consulted wine experts to create a list of sparkling wines that can be enjoyed for about $10 or less. Whether prosecco or cava from overseas or sparkling wines produced in the United States, good-quality Champagne alternatives boast piquant textures and clean flavors that make them ideal for pairing with food or enjoying on their own. So indulge this holiday season -- and then buy a few extra bottles to savor year-round.
JAUME SERRA CRISTALINO BRUT CAVA NV ($8)
A total crowd pleaser, this cava from Spain is an excellent all-purpose sparkling wine to keep on hand. The bubbles are tight and crisp and the flavor features undertones of pear and ginger. Delicate enough to enjoy on its own yet strong enough to use for mixing, this is a workhorse bubbly.
SEGURA VIUDAS BRUT CAVA NV ($10)
This bubbly wine from Spain offers the tang and crispness of traditional Champagne. With flavors of tart green apple and ripe citrus fruits, Segura Viudas Brut Cava is a good choice for toasts, drinking on its own, or mixing into mimosas or other cocktails. This is the label's entry-level offering; pricier versions present similar value.
FREIXENET CORDON NEGRO BRUT CAVA NV ($10)
The award-winning product of a family-owned business now in its fifth generation, this elegant Spanish cava is a Champagne-like sparkling wine that makes a tasty host gift. Crisp bubbles and flavors of lemon and yeasty brioche make this a sophisticated choice for sipping before, during, and after a meal.
CASTELL D'OR COSSETÀNIA BRUT ROSAT CAVA NV ($10)
This delicious rosé sparkler couldn't be more festive, with its beautiful blush hue and fruity yet dry flavor profile. Flavors of ripe red fruits combine with clean citrus to create a very refreshing drinking experience.
BAREFOOT BUBBLY PROSECCO NV ($10)
A cheap and cheerful prosecco, this wine from the well-known Barefoot line has flavors of nectarine and lemon zest. It's crisp on the palate, with gentle bubbles that go down easy on their own and hold up in mimosas and punches. This all-purpose bubbly is a holiday staple for sparkling wine lovers.
CORNARO PROSECCO TREVISO EXTRA DRY SPUMANTE NV ($10)
This super-dry prosecco from Italy features a playful, fizzy texture. Light flavors of white grapes and lime zest make a nice complement to fried foods and light cheeses. This is a good option for hosts who are looking for one all-purpose sparkling wine that everyone will enjoy.
CANTINA DI SORBARA LAMBRUSCO IL DUOMO ($10)
Sparkling red wines are trending, and this one is definitely worth trying -- especially at this price. Sweet and full-bodied, it pairs nicely with meats and cheeses. Consider this a go-to sparkler for any season, and serve well chilled.
MIONETTO IL LAMBRUSCO NV ($10)
A cheery holiday wine, this frizzante red is juicy and fruity with a bubbly texture. The bright red fruit flavors and hints of spice work well with a variety of foods, although this wine can also be served as an aperitif or after-dinner beverage. Drink this one chilled, room temperature, or garnished with fruit for a sangria-like punch.
BAREFOOT BUBBLY MOSCATO SPUMANTE NV ($9)
This big-name brand produces a traditionally flavored and clean moscato. A bright, peachy taste shines through, and soft bubbles are vibrant and sweet. Pair this inexpensive, sparkly gem with creamy and fruity desserts, or enjoy as a dessert on its own.
BRAVINO SPARKLING ROSE NV ($10)
This new wine from Italy is now available nationwide at all Target stores that sell alcohol. The flavors are crisp and juicy with ripe pear, citrus, and berry notes. While this cheerful wine is fruity, it is also dry, with a clean finish.