Best Snob-Approved Bubbly Under $20 (and a couple under $10)
By: Jetta Bates
The need for good bubbly never stops.
You may not have the money for, or the inclination to splurge on, a bottle of 1995 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires ($150) or even the Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label ($42). It’s like that sometimes. No worries; here are six of my favorite bubbly alternatives under $20 (some under $10) that are yummy and you can feel good about bringing to ANY party (even to that friend’s house who traveled all over Europe for a year sipping wine ):
* Gruet Blanc de Noirs (average price $16)
This wine was named #43 of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2011 – and reps New Mexico well.
“Elegant and focused, with creamy vanilla and apple aromas and rich yet crisp flavors of baked pear and cinnamon bread.”
Reviewed by: Wine Spectator – 90pt
* Gruet Brut Rose (average price $14)
Sparkling Rosè reminds me of summer (even when it is freezing outside) and it looks so pretty in a nice glass.
“Delicate and lively, with floral cherry and vanilla aromas and nicely layered, crisp citrus, cinnamon and cream flavors.”
Reviewed by: Wine Spectator – 88pts
* Graham Beck Brut Rose (average price $16)
This Rosé give you BAM!
“It has a clean Morello cherry and raspberry bouquet, whilst the palate is bounding full of ripe cherry and strawberry fruit. With its racy acidity, and with a powerful, creamy textured, peachy finish, this really is a lot of fun.”
Reviewed by: The Wine Advocate – 89pts
* Cuvee Tradition Blanc de Blancs Brut (average price $6.00)
This is bottle is for my Chicagoland people only as it is a Binny’s exclusive. A test chef for Calphalon hooked me up on this value French sparkler – and it is delish (and perfect for champagne cocktails).
“This lively, rich, smooth and creamy bubbly will compete with sparklers at twice the price. Also available in Demi Sec for those of you with a sweet tooth.”
Reviewed by: Binny’s
* Segura Viudas Aria Brut (average price $9.99)
Under $10 holla – again, great for sipping or effervescent cocktails.
“The non-vintage Aria Estate Brut offers crisp lemon-lime flavors, good effervescence, and a clean finish.”
Reviewed by: The Wine Advocate – 85pts
* Mumm Napa Cuvee M (average price $19)
This bottle never fails me – and usually can be found in smaller cities and local grocery stores. Also a good alternative for those who crave a little sweetness (but not overdone)…
“Light yellow, with a gentle bead. Ripe pear and nectarine on the nose, with a hint of spun sugar. Smooth, gently sweet orchard fruit and melon flavors are given a slightly bitter edge by a touch of fruit pit and are a tad loose-knit. Finishes on the sweet side but avoids coming off cloying. A bit of late-harvest muscat is used in the dosage, which probably accounts for the pronounced fruitiness.”
Reviewed by: International Wine Cellar – 87pts
Here’s to keeping the bubbles flowing!