10 Sparkling Wines under $20
NV Marquis de la Tour Brut
Although the label simply offers a generalized “France” as the source of this soft, appealingly fruity wine, the grapes all come from the Loire Valley, a region well known for its sparkling wine values. Buy: $11 at wine.com.
NV Cavas Hill 1887 Brut
If you think “Hill” doesn’t sound like a particularly Spanish name, you’d be right. This longtime Cava producer was founded by the English Hill family back in 1887. But the wine is classic Cava: full of bright lemon-lime notes and vigorous bubbles. $13.
NV Pere Ventura Tresor Brut Reserva Cava
Most Cavas at this price aren’t long on complexity, but this fragrant wine from a surprisingly young house (founded in 1992) certainly is, showing earthy notes, green apple fruit and an exotic floral aroma. $15.
2012 Bouvet-Ladubay Saphir Saumur Brut
A distinct step up from Bouvet’s already good basic brut, this sparkling Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley’s little-known Saumur region offers remarkable elegance. $19.
NV Domaine Saint-Rémy Prestige Crémand D'Alsace
Philippe Ehrhart uses biodynamic practices in the vineyard for all his wines. One of his best is this full-bodied, biscuity Alsace crémant (the region’s term for sparkling wine). Unusually for the region, he uses only Chardonnay for it. $20.
2012 Murgo Metodo Classico Sicilia
Sicilian sparkling? Definitely. Murgo takes advantage of the altitude and cool climate of Mount Etna for this surprisingly elegant wine, which is made entirely from Etna’s local Nerello Mascalese grape. Buy: $22 at wine.com.
NV Adami Garbèl Prosecco Brut
Since 1920, the Adami family has been producing some of the Veneto’s best Proseccos (including the first cru, or single-vineyard bottling, in 1933). That lengthy experience shows in this crisp, green apple–scented cuvée. $15.
NV Dopff & Irion Crémant D'Alsace Blanc De Blancs Brut
Pinot Blanc and Pinot Auxerrois, both local to France’s cool Alsace region, make up this rich sparkler. Its flavor and aroma recall toffee and toast. $19.
NV Mionetto Prestige Organic Prosecco
Mionetto, one of the largest Prosecco producers, makes a number of different bottlings. Though this one isn’t the most expensive, its bold fruitiness and lightly minerally aroma made it our winner. Buy: $16 at wine.com.
NV Bortolotti Valdobbiadene Prosecco Brut
Valdobbiadene is basically the Beverly Hills of Prosecco production. Wines from this subregion tend to cost a few dollars more, but they are also, ideally, more elegant and polished. This one definitely is. $19.