Champagne -- the real stuff from France, that is -- has a reputation for elegance, festive celebrations, and astronomical price tags. But in this golden age of global winemaking and distribution, options for bubbly on a budget abound. Cheapism.com consulted wine experts to devise a list encompassing a variety of styles that can be enjoyed for about $10 or less. Whether prosecco or cava from overseas or sparkling wines produced in the United States, good-quality Champagne alternatives boast piquant textures and clean flavors that make ideal pairings with nearly any type of food. So indulge this holiday season -- and then buy a few extra bottles to savor year-round.
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A no-fail option and a total crowd pleaser, this cava from Spain is an excellent all-purpose sparkling wine to keep on hand. The bubbles are tight and crisp and the flavor profile is clean, featuring strong minerality and undertones of pears and ginger. Delicate enough to enjoy on its own yet strong enough to use for mixing, this is a workhorse bubbly.
This bubbly wine from Spain offers the tang and crispness that make traditional Champagne so delightful. With flavors of tart green apple and ripe citrus fruits, Segura Viudas Brut Cava is a good choice for toasts, drinking on its own, or mixing into mimosas or other cocktails. This is the label's entry-level offering, with pricier versions costing slightly more but presenting similar value.
The award-winning product of a family-owned and -run business now in its fifth generation, this elegant Spanish cava is a Champagne-like sparkling wine that makes a thoughtful and tasty gift for a host. Crisp bubbles and flavors of lemon and yeasty brioche are sophisticated and piquant on the tongue, making this a top choice for sipping before, during, and after a meal.
This delicious rosé sparkler couldn't be more festive, with its beautiful blush hue and fruity yet dry flavor profile. Flavors of ripe red fruits combine with clean citrus to create a very refreshing drinking experience. This is an ideal pairing for hosts who plan to feature sparkling wine during family meals and cocktail parties.
An easy-to-find favorite, this typical prosecco is inexpensive enough to keep flowing freely throughout any holiday affair. The fruity flavors alongside the mid-size bubbles make it easy to drink on its own or with a splash of citrus juice or Campari. Keep a few of these close during the season.
A cheap and cheerful expression of prosecco, this release from the well-known Barefoot line offers a lot of value. Highlighting flavors of nectarine and lemon zest, it's crisp on the palate, with gentle bubbles that go down easy on their own and hold up in mimosas and punches, as well. This all-purpose bubbly is a holiday staple for sparkling wine lovers.
This super-dry prosecco from Italy features a fizzy texture that's playful and tasty. Light flavors of white grapes and lime zest make a nice complement to fried foods and light cheeses. This is a good option for hosts who are looking for one all-purpose sparkling wine that everyone will enjoy.
Sparkling red wines are trending right now, and this offering is definitely worth trying, especially if you see it for this price. Dry and frothy, with red and black berry flavors, it pairs nicely with meats and cheeses. Consider this a go-to sparkler for any season and serve well chilled.
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A cheery holiday wine, this frizzante red is juicy and fruity with a soft, almost creamy, bubbly texture. The bright red fruit flavors and hints of spice work well with a variety of foods, although this wine can also be served as an aperitif or after-dinner beverage. Drink this one chilled, room temperature, or garnished with fruit for a sangria-like punch.
This big-name brand produces a traditionally flavored and clean moscato. A bright, peachy taste shines through, and soft bubbles are vibrant and sweet in the mouth. Pair this inexpensive, sparkly gem alongside creamy and fruity desserts, or enjoy as a dessert on its own.