Forget Veuve: The 9 Best Sparkling Wines For Under $15

Forget Veuve: The 9 Best Sparkling Wines For Under $15

It’s nearly summertime, which brings to mind images of outdoor parties, barbecues, and dainty little champagne glasses. We love to sip on a good bubbly, but sparkling wines are infamous for being overpriced. Not so—just watch us nab amazing bottles of sparkling wine for under $15!

Quick wine lesson: Anywhere wine is made, sparkling wine is produced, too. So, look beyond French champagne in order to find some wonderful bargains.

Here are our 9 easy-to-find picks under $15:

cavaCristalino Brut Cava: $8.

No surprise that we're fans of this well-reviewed, reasonably-priced Spanish Cava. After all, we couldn't get enough of Cristalino’s rose, either. We like it because it has a nice hint of apple to it.

Charles-LafitteCharles Lafitte Brut Prestige: $10.

Our friend Harry Orlove of CheapWineClub.com is a fan of this French sparking wine because it’s very clean, with a nice citrus finish.

bitch_bubblyR Wines Bitch Bubbly Sparkling Wine: $11.

We are not going to lie; we love this pink Australian wine for its sweet, berry taste as much as for its awesome name and bubble-bath-esque label.

4The Chook Sparkling Shiraz: $15.

Most sparkling wines are white or rosé, but this one is actually a red from Australia. We like its berry taste, which is sweet, but not too sweet.

5Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut: $9.

This extremely popular Cava is a tasty bargain, which is why it’s been raved about in the pages of mags like Food & Wine and Bon Appetit.

6Cono Sur Brut. $15.

Famed K&L Wine Merchants rave that this Chilean wine’s “crisp, well-delineated flavors of green-skinned fruits show lots of class, persistence and a lovely texture on the palate. Without a doubt this has got to be amongst our most exciting New World sparklers at the moment.”

7Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut Sparkling Wine: $13.

One of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2009, this California bottle was deemed “lively and fun to drink, with creamy Asian pear and citrus aromas that lead to crisp, easygoing apple, yeasty cinnamon and mineral flavors.”

8Vinho Espumante "Maria Gomes" Luis Pato: $12.

Maria Gomes is a grape variety from Portugal, not one of our friends. Luis Pato, however, is a wine-maker. Go figure. This dry Espumante with fruity flavors and a floral scent is a treat anytime.

9Zardetto Prosecco Brut: $11.

This Italian Prosecco has a pleasant, fresh feel to it. Try starting off your meal with it as a warm-up beverage.

We’ll toast to that.

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