Great Champagne Alternatives

Sparkling wines found outside the confines of Champagne are consistently over-delivering. Exciting bubbly is being made in California and New Mexico. Floral, frothy Prosecco remains a no-brainer. And rosé sparklers from Spain to Tasmania will make any celebration pop.

Toast great value with these picks from our staff.

Prosecco “Cartizze” Ruge $28.96

The Cartizze region in the heart of the Valdobbiadene area is considered an independent cru. Cartizze has an excellent microclimate. In addition, the clay and limestone soil gives a pronounced minerality to the wine. It’s concentrated with a delicate sweet finish. You can taste the typical flavors of Prosecco, but with more elegance and finesse! – Andrea Fraccari, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Moscato d’Asti, Oddero $15.97

Nobody puts the fun in fizz quite like the Italians. Oddero may be famous as one of Piedmont’s top producers of serious, long-lived Barolos, but this Moscato shows off the region’s playful side. It’s slightly sweet and gently sparkling with gorgeous aromas of orange blossom and peach. The low alcohol content makes it perfect for brunch or mid-afternoon tea with cakes. – Amy Miller, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Raventós i Blanc, Cava Rosé de Nit $21.99 

Raventos cava comes from the Penedes region of Catalonia. An interesting fact about Penedès is that its vineyards rank amongst the highest in Europe at up to 800 m above sea level. Mediterranean climate and high altitude create an elegant rosé cava with aromas of raspberries, sour cherries, and lavender that’s suitable for year-round drinking. – Davit Kirtadze, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Prosecco, Primaterra $7.99

Of all our sparkling wines currently priced under $10, this is my fave. Bright, fresh, and dry, a beautiful trifecta perfect for mixing or celebrating any occasion. – Josh Mizrahi, Sales Manager

Albert Boxler Cremant d’Alsace $36.96

Made exclusively from the grapes of the Pinot family: Blanc, Auxerrois, and Noir, this is an intensely minerally yet creamy sparkler. The fruit is harvested ripe allowing Boxler to add minimum dosage. – Matthew Goodyear, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Gruet Brut $15.99

Made by French transplants in New Mexico employing the méthode champenoise, this dry, crisp bubbly is full-bodied and carries refreshing notes of grapefruit, green apple, and lime zest. Great for sipping, spritzing, toasting, or seafood dinner pairing. It’s my go-to American sparkling wine. – Marc Mousky, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Jansz Tasmanian Rosé $24.96

There’s a lot more similarity to classic French sparklers from the southern hemisphere than you might expect. If Champagne is your first love, but its prices don’t love you back, try these delicate and age-worthy Tasmanian bubbles & love the wine you’re with. -Bambi Ray, Sales Manager

Blue Ox “Sunflower Sutra” $41.96

Noah Kenoyer and Josh Hammerling created their Blue Ox label just over a year ago and have quickly become specialists in sparkling wines. They are the new kids on the Berkeley block situated between like-minded natural wine producers Broc Cellars and Donkey and Goat. Enjoy their delicious sparkling Sunflower Sutra, méthode Champenois, blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. – Laura Atbashian, Wine Buyer