We’ve zoomed through another year and it’s time to ring in 2020! I’ve got 9 Sparkling Wines under $30 and are rated 90+ which are perfect for your celebration. This line-up includes sparklings from Italy, France, Spain, and the US.
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9 Sparkling Wines under $30
This sparkling is rated #1 in the Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of 2019. The Prosecco Superior designation is the highest-quality that can be achieved for Prosecco.
Winemaker Notes: Light-bodied, elegant, fresh, lively fruit, notes of bread dough, citrus, and persistent effervescence.
Wine Enthusiast: 94 rating
Another great sparkling for a value. This one was rated #27 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2018. Wilfred Wong (wine critic from Wine.com) says this is his “go-to bubbly from anywhere in the world and often in place of higher-priced bubblies from France and Italy.”
Wine Spectator Notes: Sleek, luxurious, with expressive Asian pear, strawberry blossom and roasted hazelnut flavors that build richness on an opulent finish.
Wine Spectator: 92
This is a solid sparkling out of Napa Valley. The term “Brut” means it’s a dry Sparkling. This sweetness (or dryness) level is the most popular among consumers.
Winemaker Notes: Opens with gorgeous layered white blossom aromas, followed by creamy vanilla, citrus, stone fruit, and melon. Refreshing acidity and fruit character make this an excellent food wine.
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Argyle is a great brand out of Willamette Valley, Oregon. Their prices keep inching higher, likely due to their ever-growing popularity. We joke that it’s because they need to pay for their new, fancy tasting room. Regardless, they produce fantastic still and sparkling wines.
Winemaker Notes: The Pinot Noir dominated blend provides impressive red-fruited dimension to the white peach, wild honey, and toasted brioche. The middle palate is invigorated with dynamic acid backbone and edgy minerality, bringing balance and concentration to the long finish.
Wine & Spirits: 90
Chandon is produced by the winery Domain Chandon located in Napa Valley, California. This winery is owned by the French Moët & Chandon known for its world-class Champagne.
Winemaker Notes: Look for nutty flavors with hints of brioche that build to a refreshingly dry finish. Complex apple and pear characteristics accented by citrus spice over notes of almond and caramel in the bouquet. Great with anything salty, creamy, or nutty. Pairs well with shellfish, crab, oysters, fried chicken, and Ceasar salad.
This French Rosé sparkler has a beautiful presentation while backing it up with great taste.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com: A dry Rosé with red fruit flavors and a slice of tart citrus. Its fine balance and easy finish make it any excellent anytime sparkler.
Wilfred Wong: 90
Juve & Camps is a family-run winery that began in 1796 and has been under the watchful eye of four generations.
Winemaker Notes: Milesimé is made only in exceptional vintages and made entirely from the free-run juice of Chardonnay grapes. It’s a rich gold color with expressive aromas of pears, white blossom, and toast. It’s flavorful, creamy, silky and perfectly balanced.
This exceptional Cava pairs brilliantly with sashimi, caviar, tuna ceviche, foie gras or on its own to toast a special occasion.
Wine Spectator: 90
This is a top-quality, sophisticated brand of Italian Sparkling wine, started by Giulio Ferrari in 1902 after studying winemaking in France. Giulio Ferrari had no children of his own and chose to pass his business to Bruno Lunelli in 1952. Ferrari is still run by the Lunelli family maintaining the high-quality and air of sophistication tied to the brand.
Winemaker Notes: Significant overtones of ripe golden apples, wildflowers and a subtle and delicate fragrance of yeast. Clean and balanced in taste, with a slight and pleasant finish of ripe fruit and a hint of bread-crust. Perfect served as an aperitif or with lighter dishes, especially seafood.
James Suckling: 90
Blanc de Blanc means white of whites which means this Brut is produced using 100% Chardonnay grapes. The grapes are sourced from top regions in France including Burgundy, Beaujolais, and the Loire Valley.
Winemaker Notes: A delicate balance of dryness and acidity lingers with a bit of Meyer lemon, honeydew, and soft floral notes.
The Blanc de Blanc Brut is very cuisine and cocktail-friendly. Try it with savory hors d’oeuvres, buttered popcorn, creamy pasta dishes, fried chicken, spicy Asian dishes, seafood, fruit-based desserts or semi-soft cheese. Mix with elderflower or fruit liqueurs, or fresh juice and quality spirits for a light, refreshing sparkling cocktail.
Tasting Panel: 92
Sparkling Wine Tasting Notes
You may have noticed many of the tasting notes mention bread, brioche, bread dough, etc. This is typical of Sparkling wine because it goes through a secondary fermentation process that still wine does not go through. That extra contact with the yeast adds a type of bread taste to the sparkling wine.
To find out more about the typical types of Sparkling Wine, terminology for sweet to dry, and how to open Sparkling wine without causing mayhem then check out the Sparkling Wine Guide: Sparklings From Around The World.
Cool Champagne Bottles
There is something about Sparkling Wine that just elevates. It’s all about the presentation and the bling. Here are a few bottles from Champagne, France that you just have to check out!
Bollinger James Bond 007 Limited Edition Gift Box 2011
Decanter: 95 rating
Piper-Heidsieck Cuvee Brut (Neoprene Ice Jacket)
Wine Spectator: 92
Perrier-Jouët Rosé Belle Epoque with Gift Box 2012
Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
Wine Enthusiast: 95
Dom Pérignon Rosé Lenny Kravitz Limited Edition with Gift Box 2006
Robert Parker: 95
Yes, that is hammered metal used for their shield label.
Wrap up: 9 Sparkling Wines under $30
Enjoy your celebrations as you ring in the New Year! Let us know what sparklers you celebrated with and what you thought of them. Cheers to you! Enjoy a happy, family-filled, friend-filled, and prosperous New Year!