20 Toast-Worthy Sparkling Wines for $20 or Less

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BUBBLES UP

Champagne — the real stuff from France — has a reputation for astronomical price tags. Luckily, options for bubbly on a budget abound. Cheapism consulted wine experts to create a list of sparkling wines that can be enjoyed for about $20 or less. Whether prosecco or cava from overseas or sparkling wine 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.

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Cornaro Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry Spumante NV
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CORNARO PROSECCO TREVISO EXTRA DRY SPUMANTE NV

Est. Price: $10
This 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.

Avinyó Cava Reserva 2015
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AVINYO CAVA RESERVA 2015

Est. Price: $20
Cava is more Champagne-like than prosecco because of the way it is made. The process reveals layers of complexity, bringing out flavors of buttered toast and creamy yeastiness. This particular bottle brings even more value to the table, as a vintage sparkling wine (made with grapes harvested in a single, standout year. Most cheap sparkling wines are nonvintage — made by blending wines from multiple years, and labeled NV).

Segura Viudas Brut Cava NV
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SEGURA VIUDAS BRUT CAVA NV

Est. Price: $9
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.

Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco NV
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BAREFOOT BUBBLY PROSECCO NV

Est. Price: $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 punch. This all-purpose bubbly is a holiday staple for sparkling wine lovers.

Cantina Di Sorbara Lambrusco Il Duomo
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CANTINA DI SORBARA LAMBRUSCO IL DUOMO

Est. Price: $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.

Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava NV
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FREIXENET CORDON NEGRO BRUT CAVA NV

Est. Price: $10
This elegant Spanish cava is the award-winning product of a family-owned business now in its fifth generation. It's a Champagne-like sparkling wine with crisp bubbles and flavors of lemon and yeasty brioche. This bottle is a sophisticated choice for sipping before, during, and after a meal, as well as a tasty host gift.

Mionetto Il Lambrusco NV
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MIONETTO IL LAMBRUSCO NV

Est. Price: $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 apéritif or after-dinner beverage. Drink this one chilled, room temperature, or garnished with fruit for a sangria-like punch.

Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante NV
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BAREFOOT BUBBLY MOSCATO SPUMANTE NV

Est. Price: $9
This big-name brand produces a traditionally flavored and clean moscato. A bright, peachy taste shines through, and the soft bubbles are vibrant and sparkly. Pair this sweet, inexpensive gem with creamy and fruity desserts, or enjoy as a dessert on its own.

Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava NV
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JAUME SERRA CRISTALINO BRUT CAVA NV

Est. Price: $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.

Bravino Sparkling Rosé NV
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BRAVINO SPARKLING ROSÉ NV

Est. Price: $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.

Chandon Brut Classic
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CHANDON BRUT CLASSIC

Est. Price: $17
Chandon is a classic sparkling wine from California that has both name recognition and a delicious flavor profile. Bright and fresh, the tight bubbles offer a refreshing texture and flavor that is suitable for any occasion.

Gruet Blanc De Noirs
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GRUET BLANC DE NOIRS

Est. Price: $17
Likely the best wine from New Mexico, this iconic blanc de noirs (a white made with pinot noir grapes) is a staple for domestic sparkling wine lovers. The tart flavors are supported with undertones of white raspberry and an earthy tanginess for added complexity.

Mumm Napa Brut Rosé
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MUMM NAPA BRUT ROSÉ

Est. Price: $20
This delicate pink wine is soft, fruity, and celebratory. The flavors are rounded out to be slightly less sharp and more mouth-filling with hints of floral flavors and a dry, lemony finish. This bubbly is just as good with food as it is on its own.

Castell D'Or Cossetània Brut Rosat Cava NV
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CASTELL D'OR COSSETÀNIA BRUT ROSAT CAVA NV

Est. Price: $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.

Lucien Albrecht Cremant D'Alsace
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LUCIEN ALBRECHT CREMANT D'ALSACE

Est. Price: $19
Alsace is a fascinating wine region that combines French and German traditions. The wines are typically aromatic with tropical fruits and flowers, producing full-flavored and complex wines. For a sparkler, this translates to a lighter touch with delicate layers of complexity and a fine, elegant bubble.

Donelli Lambrusco Grasparossa
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DONELLI LAMBRUSCO GRASPAROSSA

Est. Price: $14
This semi-dry lambrusco ticks a lot of boxes. It is sweet yet dry enough to enjoy before, during, and after a meal. As a sparkling red, it also has a rich body and dry tannins, as well as a foamy, bubbly texture that keeps it fresh.

Bouvet Brut Rosé Excellence
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BOUVET BRUT ROSÉ EXCELLENCE

Est. Price: $17
Hailing from the Loire Valley of France, one of the top value regions of Europe, this is gem of a wine. Tart and focused fruit flavors are lively and dry, with minerality and crisp green apple rounding out some notes of berries on the finish. This is an excellent wine for apéritifs and toasts.

Bartenura Prosecco
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BARTENURA PROSECCO

Est. Price: $20
A classic prosecco, this wine shows round and juicy notes of red apples and white flowers, along with a touch of white peach. The flavor is dry overall, with a ripe fruit quality that makes it easy to pair with a number of dishes.

Marenco Brachetto D'Acqui Pineto
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MARENCO BRACHETTO D'ACQUI PINETO

Est. Price: $20
Very low in alcohol and deliciously sweet, Brachetto is like soda for adults. The deep pink color helps make it irresistible. Enjoy this fruity sparkling wine with salty appetizers like nuts, cheese, and chips, or as a lightly sweet after-dinner drink.

Gérard Bertrand Crémant De Limoux
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GÉRARD BERTRAND CRÉMANT DE LIMOUX

Est. Price: $20
Sparkling wine was purportedly discovered not in Champagne but in Limoux. Wines from this region tend to be even more tart and bright, with yeasty brioche flavors and firm minerality. Delicious on their own or alongside bright salads, fish, and poultry, they are an affordable treat.

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