Surprisingly juicy and full-bodied. This pick’s lip-smacking flavors of spiced Granny Smith apple, lemon, and dried apricot will restore hope in anyone disappointed by one too many encounters with a wimpy sparkling wine.
With its persistent fizz and tropical notes, this winner from Greg Norman (yes, the golfer) is a party in a bottle. Notes of lush mango and zingy grapefruit give it a wild streak; a creamy smoothness and biscuity finish keep things classy.
This gorgeous French import goes with almost anything: Ripe notes of strawberries and freshly baked peaches make it a natural foil for zesty shrimp cocktail and spicy chicken satay. Bright acid notes cut through the richness of potato chips, pigs in blankets, and vanilla cake.
This Italian sparkler is a crowd-pleaser. Fresh and lively with just a hint of sweetness, it has a fruity taste and a tangy, slightly mineral finish. It goes as well with prosciutto and oil-cured olives as it does with takeout Thai.
The Spanish vintage has an Old World soul: You can taste the stony soil in its tiny bubbles, but they’re wrapped in green apple, bright lemon, and white peach flavors. Made in the expensive Champagne tradition (the second fermentation that produces the bubbles happens right in the bottle, not a big tank), Cava is the real deal. Serve it with these festive Spanish appetizers.
This delicious pale pink wine from New Mexico(!), dances with the flavors of wild strawberries, bright cherries, and creamy citrus. Grapefruit and intriguing herbs give it a tiny edge, making it a lively match for hors d’oeuvres like chicken skewers and baked Camembert.
Charles de Fere Cuvee Jean-Louis Blanc de Blancs Brut
A great breakfast bubbly should be inexpensive enough to mix with a splash of OJ but tasty enough to sip on its own. This one fills the bill with notes of apples, zippy lemon, and lush melon. A happy match for scrambled eggs in any form.
A lovely and herbaceous French sparkler, this dazzles with the delicate flavors of Golden Delicious apple, Bosc pear and ginger. Pinpoint bubbles and a toasty finish prove that happiness can be had at a modest price.
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