30 Sparkling Wines That Will Be Your Go-To Summer Drinks
As Seen In Glam February 2023
By Kailen Skewis
“This summer, we will aim to treat ourselves better than we have in the past. Summer is for celebrations, spending more time with friends, and carving out some well-deserved me-time in the sun. There is no better way to celebrate a summer of love, health, and self-recognition than by popping open a bottle of bubbly.
With countless varieties of sparkling wine that hail from a multitude of regions, each type boasts its own notes, flavors, and aromas that can elevate any event or situation. Even if you aren’t a wine connoisseur, we know that you’ll love several of these Champagnes, sparkling Moscatos, and bubbly reds that we’ve scoured the web for.
When you go to pick out a new bottle of bubbly, what do you look for? Organic ingredients, dry texture, or just a cool bottle? All are valid answers. However, the best way to find the perfect sparkling wine for you is to first consider the flavors you like. Do you prefer citrusy, creamy, sweet, or fruity wines? Maybe you lean more toward yeasty or nutty wines. Once you have that down, you’ll think about the occasion. Lighter wines are best for brunch and patio lunches, heavier wines are better for dinner. A pro tip, as recommended by Marketview Liquor: try not to let the price, brand, age, or artwork on the bottle of the wine dictate what you choose right away.”
How we selected products
“Choosing the “best” sparkling wine is not the simplest task. In fact, we’re pretty sure that it’s impossible. There are so many great options out there and with so many different preferences for flavors, textures, and aromas, everyone has a different opinion. A five-star wine for your mother may be a one-star wine for you. This is why we’ve created 30 separate categories to try to cover all of our bases.
In this article, we searched high and low for the most talked-about sparkling wines from a variety of regions that are made with different grape cultivars. Some are created by traditional and non-traditional methods, and all were chosen at a range of price points. That’s not all we considered. We also thought about the occasion you may be drinking for, alcohol by volume levels, and the food you might pair your wine with.
Of course, to begin this journey, we looked through hundreds of listicles by wine magazines, expert and amateur reviews, and recommendations from sellers. We finally settled on this collection of incredible sparkling wines. We’re sure you’ll find at least a couple that you’ll enjoy.”
Best South African sparkling wine
“Though South Africa is famous for its Pinotage wine made from a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault grapes, as per Wine Folly, they have many great sparkling wines too. One option is the Graham Beck Cap Classique Brut. Made from a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it’s praised for its taste, like in this Total Wine & More review saying, ‘Graham Beck is an excellent dry sparkling wine. I tend to find it a little less sweet than Prosecco, which I love. ‘”