Top 10 Sparkling Wines for $10 or Less
Champagne -- the real stuff from France, that is -- has a reputation for elegance, festive celebrations, and astronomical price tags. But in this golden age of global winemaking and distribution, options for bubbly on a budget abound. Cheapism.com consulted wine experts to devise a list encompassing a variety of styles to be enjoyed for $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 ideal pairings with nearly any type of food. So indulge this holiday season -- and then buy a few extra bottles to savor year-round.
SEGURA VIUDAS BRUT CAVA NV (STARTING AT $9)
This bubbly wine from Spain offers the tang and crispness that makes traditional champagne so delightful. 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, with pricier versions costing slightly more but offering similar value.
CASTELL D'OR COSSETÀNIA BRUT ROSÉ CAVA NV (STARTING AT $9)
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. This is an ideal pairing for hosts who plan to feature sparkling wine during family meals and cocktail parties.
JAUME SERRA CRISTALINO BRUT CAVA NV (STARTING AT $8)
A no-fail option and 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 profile is clean, featuring strong minerality and undertones of pears and ginger. Delicate enough to enjoy on its own yet strong enough to use for mixing, this is a workhorse bubbly.
MIQUEL PONS MONTARGULL BRUT NATURE CAVA NV (STARTING AT $8)
This cava is a top representative of Spain's national sparkling wine. The yeasty and piquant flavor and texture provide just the right amount of Champagne-like character without being too fussy. This bubbly is tasty enough to bring to any party as a delicious and festive offering.
DELACROIX BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT NV (STARTING AT $8)
Elegant and refined, Delacroix Blanc de Blancs Brut is a widely available value buy. Fresh and fruity, tasting of orange and other citrus, it works well with seafood and salads. Given the price point and pleasing flavors, this French entry is a match for large gatherings and multiple toasts.
SCU DÒ PROSECCO BRUT NV (STARTING AT $9)
Prosecco has quickly become one of the world's favorite beverages, and Scu Dò Prosecco Brut is a fine example of why. Appropriately fizzy and imbued with plenty of fresh fruit flavors, this is very easy to drink. A glass will wake up the palate before a dinner party and add oomph to cocktails.
MIA PROSECCO NV (STARTING AT $7)
A bargain that's hard to beat, Mia Prosecco is a welcome element at afternoon parties and in brunch mimosas. The bubbles here are not too aggressive, and the refreshing fruitiness and gentle texture work well for those who prefer more subtlety in their wines.
CORNARO PROSECCO TREVISO EXTRA DRY SPUMANTE NV (STARTING AT $10)
This super dry prosecco from Italy features a fizzy texture that's playful and tasty. Light flavors of white grapes and lime zest make a nice complement to fried foods and light cheeses. A good option for hosts who are looking for one all-purpose sparkling wine that everyone will enjoy.
PRODUTTORI DI GOVONE MOSCATO D'ASTI 2012 (STARTING AT $10)
Indulge your sweet tooth with this lightly sparkling wine. A very traditional semi-sweet moscato, it's inexpensive and hard to resist come dessert time. With flavors and aromas of flowers and tropical fruits and low alcohol content, it drinks somewhat like an adult soda.
CANTINA DI SORBARA LAMBRUSCO AMABILE NV (STARTING AT $9)
Sparkling red wines are trending right now and this offering is definitely worth trying, especially given the price tag. Dry and frothy, the red and black berry flavors pair nicely with meats and cheeses. Consider this a go-to sparkler for any season and serve well chilled.