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14 sparkling wines for every budget

By: Christine Picheca, Online Food Editor

Author: Canadian Living

Menus & Entertaining

14 sparkling wines for every budget

By: Christine Picheca, Online Food Editor
Nothing says romance or a celebration quite like a bottle of bubbly, sparkling wine. But with so many sparkling wine and Champagne varieties to choose from, it can be a daunting task to pick the perfect match for your occasion. The good news is no matter what your budget or romantic intentions, there’s a style of sparkling wine sure to fit the bill.

We've tested and tasted 14 sparkling wines so you don't have to (it's a tough job, we know). The quality of our sparkling wine picks run from  "I’d like to get to know you" to "You're the one for me", but rest assured any one of these sparkling wine selections will turn your occasion into a special event.

Date-Worthy sparkling wines (under $20.00)

For that fun encounter that may or may not have a future, these sparkling wine picks are looking for a good time are but not interested in breaking your bank:

• Seaview Brut (Australia, $12)
Clean and crisp with lively sparkle.

• Segura Viudas Brut Reserve Cava (Spain, $14)
Toasty, yeasty nose with fine mousse and long, creamy finish.

• Nino Franco Prosecco (Italy, $17.95)
Tiny bubbles, fruit forward, crisp and clean.

• Domaine de Martinolles (French $16)
Big bubbles, yeasty apples, deep golden colour.

• Colio Estates 'CEV Lily' Blanc de Noirs 2002 (Canada, $18)
Festive pink hue with fragrant frui notes and touch of sweetness on the finish.

• Chateau De Montgueret Cremant de Loire (France, $19.95)
Grapefruit flavours, tiny bubbles, good with oysters. Really good value.

• Hawthorn mountain Vineyards See Ya Later Ranch Syl Brut (Canada, $20)
Crisp and delicate with creamy pear and citrus flavours.

That Special Someone sparkling wines: (between $25 - $50)
Taking it to the next level? These sparkling wines will make your intentions clear.   

• Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Brut (Canada, $25)
Light mineral nose with toasty, apple notes and fine, lingering bubbles.

• Sumac Ridge Steller's Jay (Canada, $25)
Pale amber hue with toasty, apple flavours, creamy texture and lively bubbles.

• Roederer (California, $27.95)
Dry with lemon and grapefruit flavours, lots of fine lively bubbles.

• Nicolas Feuillatte (France $42.45)
Straw colour, light citrus apple aromas; crisp and clean finish.

• Mumm Carte Classique (France, $49)
Off dry with lemon and tree fruit flavours and light, lively bubbles.

When You Know It’s "The One”

Thinking about “popping” something other than a cork? Splurging on these picks will show your willingness to commitment.

• Pol Roger Cuvée Brut Rosé (France, $80)
Soft, subtle and salmon pink with red fruit aromas and ethereal mousse.

• Veuve Clicquot 'La Grande Dame' 1995 (France, $185)
Delicate, fruit and floral flavours balancing freshness and vigour. Expressive and unique.

Note: Due to 10 different liquor regulatory bodies in Canada, and one province with a free market (Alberta), prices and availability may vary.

Read more: The mess-free way to open Champagne: Our photographed step-by-step guide.
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14 sparkling wines for every budget