These Are the Best Cheap Sparkling Wines, According to Experts
They're all less than $25!
It’s that time of year again. Family, friends and a whole lot of holiday party toasts. If you find that you’re running up a crazy tab on your own bar cart, here’s a money-saving solution for you: Cheap bubbly that actually tastes amazing! We got recommendations for cheap bottles of sparkling wine from experts in the field — including some sommeliers — so you can pop bottles and toast every holiday party like it’s New Year’s Eve.
"These bottles come with sippers and are the perfect way to enjoy a personal bottle of champagne. The Minis elevate any gathering, making for great welcome drinks, table place cards or simply a festive way to ring in the new year."
- Maximilian Riedel, President and CEO, Riedel
"I always crave fresh sparkling wine on New Years to keep spirits light and able to party all night. Look for no dosage sparklers - labeled 'Brut Nature' or 'Extra Brut' - which have no added sugar. They're typically the sparkling wines you'll want to keep drinking long after the toast. A great example is this chiseled champagne-method Chenin Blanc from Vouvray with no wood and no dosage. It's tasty enough to be your first glass or fresh enough to be your last."
- Chris Leon, founder, Leon Circle
"For someone looking to bring an untraditional bottle to the party, I recommend the Tapiz sparkling Torrontes. It has notes of honeyed apricot, melon, and lemon meringue, with crisp acidity that cuts through the rich fruit notes (and the richness of the meal!). This bottle would be a beautiful beginning or end to any holiday meal."
- Jesse Kirkpatrick, General Manager, Holeman and Finch Bottle Shop
"This is a single vineyard, vintage prosecco made entirely from the Glera grape by two sisters in the foothills of the Dolomite mountains. This prosecco is bone dry with no added dosage and brings both amazing value as well as amazing flavor to the table."
- Kim Stone, Beverage Director, Astersf.com
"More comfortable than true Champagne, but drinks at a really high level of quality for about $20. Guests will think it's from Champagne because it has a high presence of generality and is bright and refreshing."
- Amy Racine, Wine Director, The Loyal
"Aromas of pink grapefruit, pomegranate and black currant with a hint of wild rose; this rose features well-balanced acidity with notes of red raspberry and strawberry and a persistent perlage. It's best enjoyed on its own or paired with appetizers, fresh seafood, grilled fish and fruit, or chocolate desserts."
- Devon Broglie, Master Sommelier, Whole Foods Market
"A classic Italian sparkling wine coming from the Grave del Friuli, Italy’s newest DOC region for Prosecco. Scarpetta is the passion project of Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Patterson, former Master Sommelier and chef de partie at the famed French Laundry. Made in a vibrant, dry style with pretty aromas of calla lily, white peach and honeydew melon. It compliments any light fare from fresh ceviche to a bag of potato chips."
- Shanning Newell, Sommelier, JW Marriott Nashville’s Bourbon Steak