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5 Signature Champagnes from Around the World

5 Signature Champagnes from Around the World: Photography by Hacob Photography Inc.

Photography by Hacob Photography Inc.

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.

Sparkling rosé
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.

Sparkling shiraz
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.

Grower champagne
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.

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