When it comes to Bubbles most of us have Champagne Taste on an Andre budget, especially when planning to serve for 50 or 100+ people on your wedding day. As a wine professional who “tastes” sparkling wines on a regular basis (& personally drinks them at home), I’m here to tell you there’s no need to sacrifice quality to value! There are plenty of great quality sparklers on a budget pricetag. So, with that in mind, I’ll offer you my favorite Bubble picks for serving in volume….or just for the two of us!!
$10 & Under picks…
NV Jaume Serra, (formerly known as Cristalino), Brut, Cava, Spain – $7.99
Very crisp and dry, light in body and showing green apple, lemon and lime, rich minerality. Finishes dry and slightly nutty. A great value and totally drinkable at the price!
NV Louis Perdrier, Brut Excellence, France – $9.99
“A high quality French Sparkling wine with lovely toasty notes that melt into the scent of golden apples….Well balanced and pleasant with very fine bubbles that tantalize the palate. Crisp, dry and refreshing…a great alternative to higher-priced Champagne!” – Taster’s Guild Int’l Wine Competition
NV Fontallada, Brut, Cava, Spain – $10.99
This Cava is pale gold with bright, lively bubbles, a faint nutty fragrance and a lingering citrus finish. Very good!
$20 & Under picks…
NV Tenuta Capoest, Prosecco Treviso, Italy – $11.99
This is a perfect example of why I love Prosecco, it’s delicate with fruity and flowery fragrances, apple, pear and citrus peel with soft bubbles and a crisp minerally clean finish. The perfect toast and great in Mimosa’s and Bellini’s too!
NV Gruet, Brut, New Mexico – $13.99
This classic Méthode Champenoise sparkler will amaze you with it’s elegance and complexity if not for its modest price, and the fact that it’s not from France, but from our very own Albuquerque, New Mexico!?! “Winemaker’s Note: Brilliant with ultra fine bubbles. A wonderful fine bouquet dominated by green apple and grapefruit flavors. A truly classic house style!”
NV Leon Palais, Blanc de Blancs, Jura, France – $15.99
Poached pears and Granny smith apples on the nose, with just-baked pie crust, lemon curd and bright citrus peel acidity on the lively and sophisticated finish.
NV Soligo, Prosecco, Brut, Veneto, Italy – $16.99
*We Served this at our wedding and drink this regularly at home!!
This Prosecco offers creamy froth and sweet notes of peach, mint leaf and almond. A crisp, dry, orangey flavor and fine long lasting bubbles, with a bouquet of fresh citrus notes of limes and minerals.
2007 Naveran, Brut, Cava, Spain – $16.99
“50% Xarel-lo, 30% Macabeo, and 20% Parellada aged for 18 months on lees make this cava an incredible value. Delicate bubbles with a silky texture and a chalky minerality make this cava drink like NV Champagne.”
NV Mumm Napa, Brut Prestige, California – $18.99
“Toasty aromas and firm texture introduce this wine, which sports nutty, fig, pear, honey and lemon aromas….striking a fine balance between delicacy and substance. 90 PTS” – Wine Spectator (Top 100 Wines of 2010!!)
2006 Gramona, Cava Gran Cuvee, Spain – $18.99
“…it has an enticing bouquet of mineral, brioche, and toast, a persistent stream of tiny bubbles and an attractive mousse. On the palate a flavor of lemon curd emerges along with crisp mineral notes. 90 PTS” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate