Anyone who really knows me, knows that bubbly and sparkling wines are my drink of choice. I think it’s because champagne makes everything seem like a celebration, and it just feels more fun to clink together two champagne flutes than anything else!
I love a combo of sparkling wines and champagnes. Many don’t actually know the difference, so if that is you, here is the main different between bottles labeled sparkling wine and champagne.
Essentially anything labeled champagne is named after the region where it is grown, fermented and bottled: Champagne, France. The only labels that are legally allowed to bare the name “Champagne” are bottled within 100 miles of this region. The grapes in this region are said to be unique because of the chalky and mineral rich soil. Read more about the difference here.
All Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne.
But I don’t discriminate based on the label, I discriminate based on the taste.
Through all of my bubbly tastings, these wines below have come out on top.
- Le Marca Prosecco. La Marca Prosecco is a fresh sparkling wine with a vibrant bouquet of apple, white peach and honeysuckle. It’s affordable, delicious and available at most grocery stores. A bottle of Le Marca, depending on where it’s bought will cost you somewhere between $14-$20.
2. 2010 Domaine Carneros Late Disgorged Brut Cuvee. This sparkling brut was aged for 6 years before being bottled. We received a few bottles as wedding gifts and recently went to the winery that creates this sparkling wine in Napa. The bubbles here are tiny and the wine boasts tasting notes of honeysuckle, toasted macadamia nuts, and brioche. You can buy this wine directly through the winery here. This one will cost you a little more at $52 per bottle.
3. Chandon étoile Brut. This champagne was my favorite that I experienced at Chandon winery in Napa. I ended up bringing more than a few bottles home. The champagne is creamier than most with baked apple, honey and cinnamon flavors. I, honestly, really enjoy almost all of the Chandon champagnes, but this is definitely my favorite. This champagne retails for ~$45/bottle. Get more info here.
There are plenty of other delicious sparkling wines and champagnes, but these three are on the top of my list.
Do you have a favorite? If so, I’d love to hear about it and add it to my list to try!