Although sparkling wine tends to be on the expensive side because of the labor-intensive production process, there are affordable versions to be found if you know where to look. Italy offers multiple styles, from crisp Prosecco to fruity Lambrusco to off-dry Moscato, while producers in the U.S. have been upping the ante with distinctive, flavorful versions.

90 $17 Gruet Brut American NV
New Mexico  A sleek, expressive sparkler, with floral apple and toasty cinnamon aromas leading to crisp flavors of lime and mineral. (T.F.)
89 $16 Juvé y Camps Brut Nature Cava Gran Reserva de la Familia 2011
Spain  Firm and focused, with a streak of mineral to the pear, orange peel, vanilla biscuit and pickled ginger flavors. (A.N.)
88 $17 Beni di Batasiolo Moscato d’Asti Bosc d’la Rei 2014
Italy  Yellow peach, tarragon, candied ginger and lemon sorbet notes mix in this lightly sweet and lively Moscato. (A.N.)
88 $19 Les Caves du Val de France Brut Crémant de Loire Montfort NV
France Pretty pear and creamed apple notes mingle with white ginger and almond, showing good focus. (J.M.)
88 $20 Col Vetoraz Brut Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore 2015
Italy  White peach and honeysuckle flavors are set against racy acidity and a lacy mousse in this vibrant version. (A.N.)
88 $15 Lini Oreste & Figli Lambrusco Emilia Rosso Labrusca 910 NV
Italy Graphite and spice notes lace steeped cherry and sweet brown bread flavors in this fresh Lambrusco. (A.N.)
88 $20 Scharffenberger Brut Mendocino County Excellence NV
California  Crisp and tightly focused, with notes of citrus, green apple and spiced cinnamon. (T.F.)
88 $20 Treveri Brut Blanc de Noir Columbia Valley NV
Washington   Offers a creamy texture and a fine bead, with pretty pear and watermelon flavors set on a sleek frame. (H.S.)
88 $15 Villa Sandi Brut Rosé Vino Spumante Il Fresco NV
Italy   Lightly creamy and fresh, showing apple blossom and spice notes, with plumped cherry and orange granita flavors. (A.N.)