The 8 Best Affordable Sparkling White Wines To Buy Now
Sparkling wine can be any color but the most popular is white. The level of sweetness can range from “brut,” or dry, or “doux” which are sweeter. They come from many regions all over the world and each have their own unique qualities. Here are some of the best, affordable, sparkling wines, from a variety of reputable sources.
- 88 Michelle NV Brut : This Columbia Valley Brut is the star of the new Michelle lineup (formerly Domaine Ste. Michelle). Yeasty and foamy when first poured, it settles into a light sparkler with hints of lemon curd and fresh cream; $14.
- Castell d’Age Vineyards, this Cava Brut: Named after Aurelia Figueras, a woman who tremendously helped advance the Castell d’Age Vineyards, this Cava Brut is a pale gold color with tiny bubbles. It has an initial nose of white flowers and citrus followed by warm hints of honey and jam. These flavors follow on the palate and leave a silky, citrusy finish; $20.
- Ferghettina Franciacorta Brut: A blend of 95 percent Chardonnay and 5 percent Pinot Nero, this brut is a light gold hue with tiny bubbles. It has crisp flavors of apple mixed with toasty hints of almond and leaves a dry, lingering finish on the palate; $24
- Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut: The darling of blind sparkling wine tastings, Domaine Ste. Michelle routinely beat out French champagnes because of its fresher style that’s lighter than Champagne. The apple-ness turns the mouth almost cidery for some; the finish is fresh and dry; $10.
- Zonin Prosecco Special Cuvée Brut: This wine has floral aromas; lively effervescence; crisp apple, citrus, and almond flavors; and a creamy richness often missing in comparably priced Prosecco. The word “brut” on the label signifies that the wine is not sweet; sweeter versions of Prosecco are labeled “extra dry” (slightly sweet) and “dry” (much sweeter); $11.
- Freixenet Cava Carta Nevada Semi Dry: A balance of fruity yet crisp flavors makes this Spanish sparkler, this is perfect for enjoying on its own. Crafted from a blend of three grape varieties and aged for up to nine months, it’s not too sweet and not too dry. “Toasty — with touches of apple and peach!” said one satisfied sipper; $9.
- 2012 Raventos i Blanc Rose Brut de Nit: This elegant Spanish pink drink clocks in at under $15 a bottle. It’s the perfect balance of pretty fruit and terroir, a crowd-pleaser for the acid freaks and those wanting something pink; $13
- Mumm Napa’s Brut Prestige: It is a relaxed, yet elegant, wine that earns sparkling accolades from consumers and critics alike. Brut Prestige features fine bright citrus, red apple, stone fruit and creamy vanilla aromas, with hints of toast, honey and gingerbread spice. Its vibrant flavors are balanced by fine acidity and a rich, lingering finish; $22.