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As with rosé, the growing demand for sparkling wine is keeping producers busy. The difficult, time-consuming production process used to mean a lack of affordable bubbly, but as more regions and producers have gotten into the game and refined their techniques, the better and more affordable the wines have become. Look to Italy for the greatest diversity.
89 $16 Korbel Brut California Organic Grapes 2016 California Alluring apple and floral cherry aromas lead to supple, fruit-forward Meyer lemon and fresh ginger flavors in this sparkler.—Tim Fish
88 $15 14 Hands Brut Rosé Columbia Valley NV Washington Festive and a touch sweet, this offers lively strawberry and spicy cinnamon aromas and zesty cherry and graham cracker flavors. —Tim Fish
88 $15 El Cep Brut Cava Kila 2015 Spain A minerally version, with subtle flavors of melon, apple blossom, lemon curd and light toast riding the refined mousse.—Alison Napjus
88 $17 Juvé y Camps Brut Rosé Pinot Noir Cava NV Spain A firm backbone of acidity frames this well-balanced rosé sparkler, offering flavors of crushed raspberry, orange zest and smoke.—Alison Napjus
88 $18 Braida di Giacomo Bologna Moscato d’Asti Vigna Senza Nome 2015 Italy A fresh, floral version, showing verbena, blood orange granita and Thai basil flavors set on a fine, creamy mousse.—Alison Napjus
88 $18 Lini Oreste & Figli Lambrusco Emilia In Correggio 910 Scuro NV Italy A balanced, appealing Lambrusco, with pure black currant, orange peel and light herb flavors.—Alison Napjus
88 $19 Bellenda Brut Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore San Fermo 2016 Italy Vibrant acidity enlivens this well-meshed Prosecco, with flavors of Honeycrisp apple, peach skin and pickled ginger.—Alison Napjus
88 $19 Sofia Brut Rosé Monterey County Sofia 2016 California Showing a hint of spicy sweetness, this is a fun quaff for a warm day, with fresh cherry and strawberry accents.—Tim Fish
88 $20 Medici Ermete Secco Reggiano Le Tenute Solo NV Italy Well-balanced and creamy, this lively version offers black cherry coulis, licorice snap and crushed pink peppercorn notes. —Alison Napjus
88 $20 Scharffenberger Brut Mendocino County Excellence NV California Creamy and lively, this sparkler features festive apple and spice flavors.—Tim Fish