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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cono 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.”
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.”
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.
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.