Real Champagne is one of our favorite wines on the planet. But sometimes you want bubbles on a budget, and Champagne's just not an option. We spoke to sommeliers from across the country and asked them what sparkling wines they recommend beyond Champagne.
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Fizzy mixed drinks are a great place for affordable sparkling wines: extra ingredients like citrus juice, spirits, and liqueurs can cover up almost any less-than-perfect flavors. Looking for a little mixing inspiration? Here are 16 sparkling cocktail recipes we love.
This time of year, with store shelves stocked sky high with bubbly both delicious and um...not, wine shopping can be a little overwhelming. Here's my guide to some new favorites and old standbys, all $20 or less.
8 delicious sparkling wines—from California, Italy, and France—at way less than half the price of vintage Champagne.
There aren't many more perfect pairings than sparkling wine with sushi, fried chicken, or mac and cheese. Here are our 15 favorite non-Champagne sparklers under $25—perfect for a classy celebration.
It's that time of year again, when we all develop that natural inclination to reach for something bubbly. Here are five sparkling cocktail recipes from two of our favorite places to toast in Chicago: Sepia, where Josh Pearson presides over the handsome marble bar, and Pops for Champagne, a longtime fixture of the city's bubbly scene. We promise you'll have no trouble replicating these drinks in all their fizzy finery.
If you want to get your holiday or New Year's party started bubbly style, we're here to help. These budget bottles are all less than $15 so you can stock up for the celebrations to come.
It's the perfect season to break out of that rut and explore some more unusual sparklers, especially if you want to bring a bottle to give your dinner party host. The wines I've chosen to highlight are particularly good dinner party companions, serious juice that will make food shine.
Ever wonder what makes those little bubbles in your glass of Champagne? Do you know how long it took to make that bottle you're popping this Thanksgiving? I recently traveled to France to check out this winegrowing region and learn what I could about the history of the area and how your bubbly gets made.
Before Champagne, before Cava, before Prosecco, there was sparkling wine in Limoux, France. Way back in the early 16th century, the monks at the abbey of St. Hilaire were producing a semi-sweet sparkling wine from blanquette, the Occitan word for the white Mauzac grapes of the region. The first bottles were most likely produced by accident. Indeed, even well into the 18th century, the bubbles created by secondary fermentation were considered a flaw in wines in most regions; the pressure built up when yeast trapped in the bottle digested fermentable sugars and produced carbon dioxide didn't just make the wine bubbly, they caused bottles to literally explode.
Labeling aside, we wondered if there were any good values to be found among the 7 dollar array of sparkling wine that Barefoot has to offer.
The bubblies are roughly aligned with the prices of the Yellow Tail varietal bottles, coming in at around $8 to 10, depending on where you buy. And each comes with a novel, resealable closure called a "Zork". Basically, you peel off a spiral of plastic (like some milk gallons have) and shimmy off the remaining closure. Less exciting without the pop one normally looks for in a sparkler, but it should keep the bubbles in the bottle for longer. But is the stuff beyond the Zork any good?
Pretty pink wine can definitely enhance a romantic evening. But it's a challenge to find good-value bottles: sparkling rosé is almost always more expensive than its paler counterpart. Here are a few of our favorite pink sparkling wines—Cremant, Cava, and Champagne.
You never know what kinds of things you might find at Costco. I can't remember the last time I saw Champagne (the real stuff from France) on sale for less than $30. But Costco's Kirkland Signature Champagne runs just $20 for the white and $25 for the pink. That's the cheapest Champagne I've seen anywhere. But is it any good?
We tried 23 different bottles to figure out which nonvintage Champagnes tasted best. What's the best value in this region of fancy bubbly? Here's what we found.
I've been noticing a lot of fatigue around me this time of year. Work fatigue, shopping fatigue, tourist fatigue...Could it be that we all just need a little fun, affordable bubbly? At a time when our eyelids and bank accounts are looking rather droopy, a few bottles of fizz are welcome, and Prosecco can often be a good option—for half the cost of Champagne.
Sparkling wine is made all over the world, and all of the different regions, grapes, and methods of production can be a bit daunting, so we have endeavored to bring you a quick and easy guide to the differences between bottles of bubbly.
This week, with holiday celebrations looming, we'll cover essential fizzy cocktails. Whether made from cava, prosecco, American bubbly, or the venerable Champagne, sparkling wine-based cocktails are a treat for any party, from the large to the intimate.
Unless you're signed up to bring the pie (and even if you are) it's nice to arrive on Thanksgiving Day with a gift for your host. Here are a few festive choices to pick up and bring along to the Thanksgiving feast.