I debated on saying something about this being the season for sparkling wines, but who am I kidding? It is always the right time for a glass of sparkling wine! I have shared my previous articles featuring red wine picks under $30 and also white wines that are under $30. In both of those articles, I share that I have taken a few wine tasting classes and have enjoyed learning more about my personal preferences when it comes to wines. I have a wine subscription that is a great opportunity to try new wines thanks to the Wine Feed (discount code available in this post). This post compiles some of my favorite sparkling wines for the holiday season that are more widely accessible at your local groceries or Total Wine. Don’t forget to check out your local wine shop for more of a variety!
If you are hosting any gatherings this season, check out this article that features wine and cheese pairings!
Photo by Stacey Sprenz
5 Sparkling Wine Choices Under $40 for your Holiday Gatherings
Region: Cava, Catalunya, Spain
Notes: Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava Sparkling Wine is crisp and well-balanced, perfect as a palate cleanser. The fresh notes of apple, ripe pear and bright citrus flavors combine with a smooth finish and an exciting hint of ginger. This sparkler is made in the centuries old traditional method like Champagne.
Region: Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Notes: The Lini family’s “traditional” Labrusca Rosso is a perfect pairing for the classic dishes of Emilia like lasagne and tagliatelle alla bolognese, tortellini in brodo, and the region’s famous cured meats. Low in alcohol, with bright acidity and loads of fruit in the mouth, this gently sparkling red wine is the ideal complement to the rich foods of the Emilia region.
Region: Burgundy, France
Notes: This is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Aligote and Gamay, aged 12 months on lees in bottle. It’s fragrant with notes of toasty lees and chalk, a simple sparkler that feels focused and clean. The bubbles are ready to take on any raw shellfish.
Notes: Flavors of crisp apples, golden pear, citrus and white florals. The flavors are complemented by small, refined bubbles for a very sophisticated and elegant expression. The result is fresh, refined and luxurious.
Region: Napa Valley, California
Notes: Marvelous. Magical. Magnificent. A creamy, precocious, slightly sweet release—perfect as an aperitif or with hors d’oeuvres, spicy asian-inspired foods or creamy desserts.