Expand your bubbly vocabulary with sparkling wines from around the world This holiday season, revelers from Australia to Spain will be popping a cork. Yes, there will be French champagne, but every other great winemaking country in the world has its own signature sparkling wine that’s just as celebratory (and often more affordable). Here’s a global tour of what to pour at your next party.
Elyssia Gran Cuvée Brut, $18
This refined Spanish sparkler from the people behind Freixenet (the ubiquitous black bottle in liquor stores) is simultaneously earthy and citrusy, with grapefruit flavors.
Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé, $36
Rich, with floral and berry flavors, this elegant wine is made with a French technique (by Taittinger, no less) in California.
The Chook, $20
Leave it to the Australians to inject their national grape with carbonation. Hearty and almost sweet, it’s like grown-up Cherry Coke.
Ruggeri Gold Label, $21
In the crowded world of Italian prosecco, this is a standout. It’s rich and complex, with notes of white pepper, citrus and bubble gum. And we mean that in the best way.
Gimonnet- Gonet Brut Tradition, $40
Crisp, floral and fresh, this French “grower” champagne (made by the farmers who grow the grapes) is sourced from a mere 32 acres just up the road from Krug and sells for a third of the price.