Nothing says "wedding" like a bottle of bubbly. But when you're buying champagne for a crowd, the last thing you want to do is break the bank. Yet discerning the budget champagnes that are drinkable from those that are just vile can be a difficult task.
Here are ten inexpensive champagnes and sparkling wines - most are under $20.
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North Coast, California - $21.99
This delicious California sparkler starts off toasty and nutty, then reveals flavors of citrus, green apple, and pear. Incidentally, Roederer is also the same company who produces the champagne of choice for celebrities, Cristal, making this a rock-star champagne for a rock-bottom price.
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Napa Valley, California - $22.00
A crisp, dry sparkling wine that combines the flavors of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Mumm Napa exudes flavors of creamy vanilla, citrus, and melon, and it finishes off rich and smooth. It also pairs well with all types of dishes.
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California - $10.99
You can't beat the price on this California champagne with a fun name. This sweet chardonnay champagne will please even those who prefer extra dry wines. With flavors of green apples, peaches, and jasmine, both the wine, Barefoot Bubbly is sure to impress.
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Willamette, Oregon - $27.00
One of the most respected sparkling wines in this country, this champagne features coveted small bubbles and hints of spice, citrus blossoms, and toasted brioche. It is a sophisticated sparkling wine; it's fruity with only a hint of sweetness.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Sonoma Valley, California - $14.00
The drinkable sparkling wine combines the flavors of apple and pear with warm, buttery flavors. It's the kind of champagne wine lovers love to drink because it blends champagne with a traditional table wine.
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New Mexico - $15.99
New Mexico isn't the first place that comes to mind when I think of great wine states, but Gruet Winery has been getting some good buzz lately, particularly for this affordable sparkling wine. Its mature taste has a core of pear, apple, and tropical fruit.
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Spain - $12.99
Rosé, like prosecco, might not be a traditional wedding beverage but this Spanish cava's tasty aromas of strawberry, raspberry, and rose petals, not to mention to pretty color, make it worth including.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Champagne, France - $56.99
One of my favorite champagnes, Veuve Clicquot, offers a refreshingly smooth and creamy texture with a toasty finish. Not too sweet for the wine connoisseur, but not too dry for the novice. It's a little bit more than the other wines listed here, but it's not as bank-breaking as Cristal or Dom Perignon. In my opinion, it's worth the splurge.
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Spain - $8.99
Another region of the world that shouldn't be ignored is Spain, and Freixenet offers a quality taste with terrific value. Their Carta Nevada Brut is refreshing, light and slightly sweet with fruit and vanilla flavors.