10 Sparkling Wines Under $15

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  1. The Wine Trials

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    Challenge the wine snobs in your life! The tasters in The Wine Trials drank 6,000 glasses of wine to prove that some of the best cost less than $15. Here, they pick the best sparkling wines that may have you forgoing Champagne altogether!

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  2. Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut

    Country: Northwest United States
    Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
    Drink with: Smoked salmon, artichokes, chocolate cake
    Price: $10, ShoppersVineyard.com

    The darling of blind sparkling wine tastings, Domaine Ste. Michelle routinely beat out French champagnes because of its fresher style that’s lighter than Champagne. The apple-ness turns the mouth almost cidery for some; the finish is fresh and dry.

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  3. Cristalino Brut Rose Cava

    Country: Spain
    Grapes: Pinot Noir, Trepat
    Drink with: Fried appetizers, light desserts
    Price: $9,DotComWines.com

    Sure, it’s Rose, but it’s not like the über-sweet American versions out there. This Spanish Cava boasts bright notes of strawberry and has a nice balance between sugar and acidity. The pink color gives it a fancy look for special occasions.

    Drink it with a recipe from our collection!
  4. Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut

    Country: Spain
    Grapes: Macabeo, Xarel-lo, Parellada
    Drink with: Vegetable or shrimp tempura, smoked fish
    Price: $9, TheWineBuyer.com

    Serving apps? Here’s a great one to pair them with. It has a nice smell that’s a balance between fruity and buttery bread, and tasters dug the bubbles’ smoothness. The solid black bottles will look sleek at any party. Hint: It’s pronounced “Fresh-eh-nee."

    Make a meal out of it with one of our recipes.
  5. Freixenet Cordon Negro Extra Dry

    Country: Spain
    Grapes: Macabeo, Xarel-lo, Parellada
    Drink with: Egg dishes, bagels and lox, or in a mimosa
    Price: $11, GreatCorks.com

    Believe it or not, “Extra Dry” sparkling wines are less dry than “Brut” (confusing, we know). So pick up this bottle if you like your sparkling wines a little sweeter. It makes a great brunch bubbly because of its fruity-floral notes.

    Browse our recipes to find a great pairing.
  6. Lorikeet Brut

    Country: Australia
    Grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
    Drink with: Good company and a cheese plate -- or a wedding cake
    Price: $9, MalloysFinest.com

    This fruity and fun wine is all about partying; blind tasters saw it as being particularly good for toasts. It has a fruity bouquet with strong hints of cherry, and many tasters found sweetness despite its classification as a brut.

    Find a dish for this wine by searching in our recipe finder.
  7. Gruet Brut

    Country: United States
    Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
    Drink with: Berries, cheese, smoked salmon
    Price: $10, DotComWines.com

    Sparkling wine from New Mexico? Oh yeah. The climate at Gruet's vineyards provides very cool nights, allowing the grapes to recover from the soaring temperatures during the day. The result is a simple, crisp sparkler with lots of appley notes.

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  8. Presto Prosecco Brut

    Country: Italy
    Grapes: Prosecco
    Drink with: Cured meats, smoked fish, or by itself
    Price: $8, InternetWines.com

    Crisp and festive, this Italian sparkler reminded blind tasters of hard cider -- but really good, dry hard cider. The Presto has only 11% alcohol, so it’s ideal as an aperitif. The bottle has a cool, voluptuous shape.

    Our recipe finder has everything you need to find the perfect pairing.
  9. Rotari Brut

    Country: Italy
    Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
    Drink with: Spicy dishes, chocolate brownies
    Price: $12, 67Liquor.com

    This Brut from northern Italy is a nice departure from the Italian bubblies you’re used to seeing in the $15-and-under sparkling category. The flavor comes on a little sweeter than you’d expect, but there’s good acidity to balance it out, and a nice finish.

    Make a meal out of it with one of our recipes!
  10. Segura Viudas Brut Reserva

    Country: Spain
    Grapes: Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-lo
    Drink with: Tapas, calamari, fresh fruit
    Price: $8, Wine.com

    Cavas are some of the best values coming out of Spain; they’re sold for a fraction of the cost of their French counterparts. The wine tastes the way it smells: apple, pear, bread, and minerals. There’s good, crisp acidity too.

    Mmm.. make one of our delicious recipes too!
  11. Zardetto Prosecco

    Country: Italy
    Grapes: Prosecco
    Drink with: Bagels and lox, smoked fish, lobster
    Price: $10, StirlingFineWine.com

    A Prosecco grape’s flavor profile is quite different from the ones used in Champagne. It’s light-bodied and fruity, neither yeasty nor toasty. Zardetto Prosecco is dry and super-sparkling, with aggressive fizz and a fast finish.

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