I believe that there’s a bubble for every occasion. While the Moets and Doms are the shining stars for life milestones, most budgets would forcibly intervene if that became a daily drink decision. Sometimes cheaper sparkling wines get a bad rap, especially if they are less than $5 a bottle, because they most likely aren’t fermented in any of the traditional methods. But there is a sweet spot in between the two ends of the spectrum and that’s our focus today. Here are five tried and true bubblies that are worth stocking up on:
- Roederer Estate Brut (California)- $21. Toasty and nutty, but backed with higher acidic fruit flavors. Roederer is well-known for many of the most celebrated bubbles out there, including Cristal. Luckily for us, this winner is a little bit easier on the pocket strings.
- Argyle Brut 2011 (Oregon)- $27. I’m pretty partial to this one because of its artfully designed tasting room and homegrown ties, but critics agree that it’s pretty dang good. 2011 was one of the coldest years on record, so this vintage is truly unique. It’s good a little zing to it, thanks to a flavor profile of lemon blossom and red berry spice.
- Gruet Blanc de Noirs (New Mexico)- $17. There’s a two-year aging minimum on all Gruet vintages, but they’re worth the wait. This wine smells as good as it tastes and defines the most perfect size of bubbles out there.
- Mumm Napa Brut Prestige (California)- $19. So floral and so delicious. The Brut Prestige is a creamy blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Highly suggest paring with foods like cheese, pasta and stews.
- Poema Brut Rose Cava (Spain)- $12. Cavas are normally the most tangy and fruit forward to me, and this is no exception. You’ll taste raspberries and strawberries on the palate, and feel as if you need to throw rose petals in the air above you.
What about you? What are some of your favorite bubbles to celebrate the little joys in life?
Hope that everyone has a wonderful week!