If you have Champagne tastes, don’t give up on finding those sparkling wines from the Marne, even if there is a relative shortage. But if you want to drink bubbly every day, then here are affordable wines mostly under $20.
And remember, an open bottle of sparkling wine stored in the fridge will keep its bubbles and most of its flavors for a few days.
NV Virgili Luigi “Pyarö” Garda Extra Brut ($7). Light body with stone fruit flavors and notes of savory seasonings.
NV Riondi Garda Brut ($10). Good savory and gamey flavors, but lacks intensity.
NV Domaine Bousquet Argentine Brut ($13). Lovely creamy nose with engaging flavors of apples and yeast and a little creaminess before a tart, crisp finish.
NV Domaine Bousquet Argentine Sparkling Rosé ($13). Very similar in structure to the brut, except dried strawberries replace the apples.
NV Zardetto “Z” Prosecco Brut ($15). Crisp fruits, dried spices, metallic minerality with a hint of vanilla in the finish.
NV Zardetto “Z” Prosecco Prosecco Extra Dry Rosé ($15). Thin and crisp, with dried strawberries – perhaps needs a bit of an edge, though.
NV Cleto Chiarli Italian Brut de Noir Rosé Spumante ($16). A sort of cotton candy-ish strawberry/cherry flavor with lots of fizz and a mellow finish.
NV Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco di Sorbaro Seco Premium ($16). Rich yet crisp tastes of strawberries, mouth-filling bubbles, and light tannins.
NV Adami “Bosco di Gica” Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore ($19). From one of the best Prosecco producers, this sparkler has nice grain aromas, flavors of aged fruits, and hints of yeastiness – very mellow, very satisfying.
2019 Adami “Col Credas” Rive di Farra di Soligo Valdobbiadene Prosecco Extra Brut ($25). Very nice –lightly tart apple flavors provide an enjoyable piquancy before a smooth finish.
2017 Enrico Serafino “Oudeis” Alta Langa Brut ($27). A pleasant gaminess with tart fruitiness.
2017 Enrico Serafino “Oudeis” Alta Langa Brut Rosé ($28). Lovely, very lively, and tangy notes of apple, although it fades a bit quickly.
Prices listed are generally SRP or from wine-searcher.com. As more wineries are now shipping direct-to-consumer, check the winery website if you can’t find a bottle in your retail store.
Feature photo: Prosecco vineyards courtesy of Adami