Woman on Wine by Amy Reiley
I believe in sparkling wine as a year-round beverage. But for the average drinker, the holidays are the time for bubbles. This year, instead of splurging on a showpiece bottle, save your money to lavish your loved ones with gifts and experiment with some value sparkling wines sure to please any palate. Here are 5 great value Champagnes and sparkling wines I would happily serve to any guest.
Valdo Prosecco Brut Rose
Although Prosecco generally represents good value in sparkling wines, it’s not my favorite style. But Valdo is a brand I can get behind. The wine offers a burst of raspberry flavor and surprisingly refined bubbles.
Roederer Estate Brut
It is odd to say that a French Champagne house makes the quintessential American sparkling wine, but if there was a single wine to showcase the U.S. style of Brut, this just might be it. Yeasty and refined, it offers honey, pear and baked apple flavors with a tart, lively finish.
Anna de Cordoniu Brut Rose
It’s surprisingly deep, orangey-pink color makes this bottle of bubbly as festive to the eye as any holiday cocktail. In the glass it offers great depth of flavor for the price with raspberry, bitter cherry and a pleasing hit of spice.
Paul Cheneau Demi Sec Cava
This wine is perfect for pairing with holiday desserts or as an aperitif for anyone with a sweet tooth. It offers ripe fruit flavors nicely balanced by nutty notes. And at $14/bottle, you can afford to pop one cork at cocktail hour and another with dessert.
Champagne Henriot Blanc de Blancs
True, this wine is a splurge as compared with the others on the list but at $55, it is a serious bargain among comparable Champagnes. A bottle of Blanc de Blancs that drinks like something in the $100 range, it is rich with honey and baked pastry aromas and flavors, lemon peel acidity and a lovely saline quality.
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