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2018 Top Values


Demand for sparkling wine has shot up in recent years, and though it can be expensive to produce, vintners have found ways to keep prices down. Because of that, the map keeps expanding when it comes to affordable versions. Italy offers the widest range of styles, while regions like Washington and New Zealand have applied their value know-how to deliver well-priced options.
89 $18 Lini Oreste & Figli Lambrusco Rosé Emilia Labrusca 910 NV Italy Lively, with citrusy acidity and a zesty bead, this light ruby rosé offers crushed raspberry, white peach, herb and spice notes. —Alison Napjus
88 $15 Antech Brut Blanquette de Limoux Tradition NV France Pastry cream, poached apricot, anise and biscuit flavors are enlivened by citrusy acidity in this lithe, balanced sparkler, which is fine and creamy. —Alison Napjus
88 $15 Paul Buisse Crémant de Loire NV France This bright sparkler offers fresh pear and green apple flavors laced with a hint of verbena, with a racy finish. —James Molesworth
88 $18 Michele Chiarlo Moscato d’Asti Nivole 2017 Italy Tea rose and spice notes lace the ripe nectarine and candied pink grapefruit peel flavors in this bright and balanced Moscato. —Alison Napjus
88 $20 Le Colture Brut Valdobbiadene Prosecco Fagher NV Italy Mouthwatering and well-knit, this delicate Prosecco underscores ripe pear, nectarine and ginger flavors with a minerally streak of chalk and stone. —Alison Napjus
88 $13 Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut Columbia Valley NV Washington Plump and zesty, this sparkler features easygoing flavors of pear and spice. —Tim Fish
88 $18 Gruet Brut Rosé American NV New Mexico A zesty, fruit-forward version, this rosé sparkler delivers appealing raspberry and spiced apple flavors. —Tim Fish
88 $17 Juvé y Camps Brut Nature Cava Gran Reserva de la Familia 2014 Spain Lovely jasmine, spice and mint notes play off the flavors of quince, pickled ginger and lychee in this well-cut, aromatic Cava. —Alison Napjus
88 $20 Allan Scott Brut Marlborough Cecilia NV New Zealand Spice, pear and citrus flavors are light and refreshing, with a dash of floral notes on the crisp finish. —MaryAnn Worobiec
88 $19 Sofia Brut Rosé Monterey County 2017 California Festive and fun to drink, this rosé offers delicately sweet raspberry and spicy gingerbread flavors. —Tim Fish