A bottle of bubbly is perfect for any special occasion. Whether it's a wedding, the holidays, or celebrating another big event in your life, there's something magical about popping the cork on a bottle of Champagne.
While you can spend as much as you want, there are some fantastic bottles that are surprisingly budget-friendly. Most are not technically Champagne but classified as sparkling wines, including cavas, proseccos, and sparklers from all over the world. There are also some less expensive true Champagnes that delight as well.
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Many Italian proseccos are "frizzante" meaning they're gentle on the bubbles. For a wine that's more punctuated with a signature prosecco taste, this spumante bottle is ideal.
Cavicchioili 1928 Prosecco Spumante is an extra dry sparkling wine made entirely of Glera grapes. You'll enjoy how bright this wine is, a perfect balance of sweet fruits and hints of florals against a dry backdrop. It offers everything you'd expect at a reasonable price of $15 or so.
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A Spanish cava can save some money on your bubbly as well. Freixenet offers a line of fun options to explore, ranging from sweet to dry. All are affordable and beautifully packaged.
Cordon Negro Extra Dry is a fantastic find for $13 or less. It was designed specifically for modern tastes and cuisine and made with Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada grapes. You'll taste sweet fruits against the crisp sparkle. While it's dry, it has a hint of sweetness, so it's very approachable and perfectly shareable.
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Korbel has been a leader among California sparkling wines for years. You won't have to hunt this one down because it's everywhere and there's a Korbel bottle that's as sweet or as dry as you like.
The driest is Korbel Natural, considered the winery's "house style" of California Champagne. It's produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes using the same traditional methods as French Champagne. This delivers a flavor that mimics the expensive stuff, but at a fraction of the price. For about $13 a bottle, it's a great one to have around for a last-minute celebration.
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Pink is in and a sparkling rosé is a fabulous way to celebrate absolutely anything! If you like your bubbles sweet and fruity, Yellow Tail Pink Bubbles—another wallet-friendly winemaker that appears in stores everywhere—is for you.
The bottle is classy cute and so is the wine inside. This Australian sparkler offers the taste of strawberries, lemons, cherries, and tropical fruits. It's not too sweet and the finish is refreshingly crisp. Selling at $10 or less, there's no guilt when you go pink.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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For a true Champagne, this is a fantastic—and budget-friendly—option. You will spend around $30 for Veuve Clicquot Brut, but that's reasonable compared to the majority from the French region. It's also easy to find because it is widely distributed; just look for the distinct yellow label.
This Champagne will never let you down as it is meticulously and consistently blended from Pinot Noir, Meunier, and Chardonnay grapes. Bright fruits dominate the flavor while hints of vanilla punctuate the aroma. It's fresh, lively, and an ideal bubbly.
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From Columbia Valley in Washington comes a familiar name in Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut. Planted at the same latitude as the Champagne region, the identical grape varietals produce a stunning sparkler with perfect acidity and flavor.
Overall, the chateau's brut has everything you'd expect from Champagne: lovely citrus and apples, lively bubbles, and a balance of sweet and dry. At around $13, it's perfect for any occasion, no matter how casual or formal.
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You'll definitely want to hunt down Tarantas Sparkling White. This organic Spanish sparkler is produced on a centuries-old estate where they're as dedicated to the environment as they are to producing fantastic vino.
The wine is a blend of organic Macabeo and Airén grapes, offering a bright earthiness and crisp fruit notes that are sure to please. It typically sells for less than $12 and the label is fantastically modern, so it's a bottle you won't mind showing off!
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Barefoot Cellars from Modesto, California is one of the most recognizable names for American wine consumers. While you may be familiar with their still wines, the Barefoot Bubbly line is worth checking out.
They offer all sorts of fruity options as dry or as sweet as your heart desires. It's hard to beat their Brut Cuvée Champagne, though. It's not too dry and offers brilliant fruits in every sip, so it will please most palates. Plus, at around $10 and available widely, it's really hard to go wrong.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Natural wines are on trend and this category has some brilliant sparklers to explore. A perfect example is Dibon Cava Brut Reserve. The trio of grapes—Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarel-lo—are grown with organic and biodynamic farming practices, and the wine is left as unadulterated as possible.
In this cava, you'll enjoy steady, tiny bubbles against a vivacious fruitiness balanced with an ideal acidity. It has a delicious feel-good taste that is a testament to the natural methods used to produce it. All that and it's only $13!
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Another natural wine, Jo Landron Brut Atmosphères is produced by Domaine de la Louvetrie in France's Loire Valley. It's made with traditional methods and features a blend of Folle Blanche and Pinot Noir grapes.
The organic wine has a fun label that will surely draw you in. It has a natural zest and minerality offset by sweet herbs, citrus, and red fruits and is not very sweet at all. It's a fun $20 pick that offers a raw wine taste.