A toast to effervescence.
Sparkling wines are ideal for celebrations big and small—playful enough for a casual weekend brunch, yet sophisticated enough for more formal occasions. They’re also incredibly food-friendly.
Champagne, Prosecco, Moscato and other bubblies pair beautifully with a number of entrees, baked goods and desserts. These wines tend to showcase minerality—a characteristic that adds depth to fruity, savory, meaty and gamey flavors. They also have an unparalleled acidity that cuts through rich, fatty dishes and surmounts high-acid ingredients like tomatoes and vinegar.
Of course, a glass of sparkling wine is always delicious by itself, too. We’ve gathered some of our favorites to help you get started—however you choose to celebrate!
Grapes for this popular wine come exclusively from the Champagne region of France, following rules that demand secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle to create carbonation. Due to the lengthier production process, Champagne takes on richness, complexity and a signature biscuit-like flavor.
Taittinger Brut This stylish champagne showcases a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier wines from at least 35 villages. It’s stunningly rich, with an excellent overall balance and fine, persistent bubbles. On the palate, notes of lemon zest, apple blossom and honey mingle with toasty accents. A higher proportion of Chardonnay grapes imbue this champagne with freshness and elegance.
Moet & Chandon Imperial Bright and aromatic, Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne has a gorgeous golden straw color with amber highlights. This sparkler offers hints of yellow peach, pear, pastry cream and lemon curd on the nose. The palate is seductive and richly flavorful with notes of blackberry, honey and toast finishing in a delicate, fresh crispness. Each sip has bright acidity, nice structure and lively bubbles with a clean aftertaste.
Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine, typically lighter and fruitier than Champagne, made primarily from Glera grapes. The name is derived from the Italian village of Prosecco near Trieste where the grape and wine originated. It’s refreshing, flavorful and accessible.
Salvatore Principe Salvatore Principe’s steadfast dedication to enriching people’s lives through art is beautifully reflected in this special edition wine collection. In this Prosecco, light, floral aromas mingle with notes of pear and golden delicious apple. Delightful flavors of apple, pear and citrus lead to a crisp and refreshing finish. Salvatore Principe Prosecco is lively and fresh on the palate and soon to become one of your go-to sparklers.
La Marca The Glera grapes used to make this wine come from the La Marca Trevigiana zone in the heart of Italy’s lush Prosecco region. Golden-straw in color, La Marca is delicately flavored with lively effervescence and aromas of fresh citrus, honey and white flowers. The palate is fresh and clean with ripe lemon, grapefruit and green apple framed by mineral undertones.
Moscato d’Asti is a sparkling white wine produced mainly in the province of Asti in northwest Italy. The wine is sweet and low in alcohol with notes of peach and nectarine. It’s typically considered a dessert wine but has become increasingly popular in the U.S. due to its lovely sweetness and effervescence.
Salvatore Principe Another favorite from the beautifully-designed Salvatore Principe Signature Hearts Collection, this “Mi Amore” moscato is lightly sparkling, sweet and delicious. On the palate, juicy flavors of fresh peaches, apricots and honeysuckle mingle together for a perfectly sweet, refreshing sip. The grapes for this wine are hand-harvested from premium vineyard sites throughout Italy.
Gemma di Luna Gemma di Luna’s beautifully distinct blue bottles are perfect for special occasions and speak to the wine’s unique, refreshing flavor. Each sip is luscious and sweet, full of bold flavor balanced by vibrant acidity. This sparkler is delicious on its own and also pairs nicely with desserts—especially ones made from fruits like nectarines, apples or peaches.
Looking for an alternative to Champagne that’s equally versatile and delicious? Consider these interesting sparklers that are high quality and made in a similar style. Each one features bright fruit on the palate and full-bodied, toasty notes on the finish.
Saint Hilaire Brut Saint Hilaire Brut comes from the same foothills of Limoux where Benedictine monks created France's very first sparkling wine nearly four and a half centuries ago. This exceptional wine consistently over-delivers for the price. Aromas of peach, pear and green apple lead to a lively wine that’s fresh, crisp and dry. Try this sparkler as a delicious aperitif before dinner.
Mumm Napa Brut Rose Luscious and festive, this sparkling wine from Napa Valley, California has a light pink color and is made primarily from Pinot Noir grapes. A portion of the wine is initially fermented in the press, giving it soft, fruity characteristics, while a hint of Chardonnay creates a balanced structure. Notes of black cherry and strawberry are followed by graham cracker and mineral flavors leading to a crisp, dry finish.