So now that you understand some of the differences between the different types of sparkling wines, how do you decide? Ultimately, it comes down to your personal taste and budget. I recently took a few girlfriends to a local wine bar and we ordered a glass of six different sparkling wines from around the world and took turns tasting each, discussing what we did and didn’t like about each (see our graphic). This could be a fun outing for you and your bridesmaids or even the whole wedding party. After all, cake tastings are common, why shouldn’t a sparkling wine tasting also be a part of the planning process?
If you don’t have time for a tasting at a local wine bar though, here are two other options:
Call around to some of your favorite restaurants and talk to their wine buyer or sommelier, give them an idea of your budget, and ask for some recommendations.
Go to a specialty retailer like BevMo or Total Wine. Their staff is usually very knowledgeable and can help you select the one that’s right for you. Plus you can easily and affordably buy in bulk from them.
Just remember, there are amazing bubblies at all price ranges, so never be intimidated and only drink what you like.
We made the above graphic for you to bring to your local wine shop, but if it’s easier to cut and paste my picks, here is the rundown of the sparkling wines we tasted, in order from bubbliest to creamiest, with our tasting notes and an expected price range:
La Maschera Prosecco (Veneto, Italy) – under $15/bottle
-light, bright; crisp tart apple; very drinkable
Kila Cava Brut (Penedes, Spain) – under $10/bottle
-earthy and a little yeasty, with lots of body; very good, especially for the price
Szigeti Gruner Veltliner Brut (Burgenlad, Austria) – $15-$20/bottle
-light strawberry/berry flavor with a slightly tart grapefruit finish
Roederer Estate Brut (Alexander Valley, CA) – $15-$20/bottle
-creamy finish with a slightly yeasty finish; very balanced
Laurent Perrier Champagne (Tours-Sur-Marne, France) – $25-$45/bottle
-very yeasty, tasting of strong, stinky cheese; took some time to mellow
Graham Beck Brut Rosé (West Cape, South Africa) – $15-$20/bottle
-lots of berry flavor with a lightly acidic finish; beautiful color and floral aroma