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top three sparkling wines for under $30.00

gastrognome Dec 21, 2006 09:48 PM

My brother is getting married in may.
Please give me your top 3 fizzy adult beverages. Proseco, Cava, domestic stuff are all good, as long as they are tasty and under $30.00

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    melly Jan 7, 2007 04:23 PM

    S. Anderson at $26.00 a bottle..Anderson Valley, California. We shipped a case out to Philly for my neices wedding (of course, we said it was olive oil). ooops. Everyone LOVED it.

    1. rebs Jan 6, 2007 10:39 PM

      louis bouillot sparkling burgundy

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        lowchen Jan 6, 2007 09:08 PM

        How about an 03 Amity pinot noir?

        1. JMF Jan 6, 2007 05:07 PM

          I reviewed a few recently and liked these the most. I even went back and bought cases of the first two.

          Torley from Hungary is really good and around $10

          Marques de Gelida cava and especially the pinot noir/rose cava around $12-$15

          Jacob's Creek from Australia around $10-$12

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          1. re: JMF
            kenito799 Jan 7, 2007 09:57 AM

            The Gelida Cava was fine but I find the bubbles on the big side in many cavas, including that one. For fine, creamy mousse-type bubbles you usually have to pay a bit more...which is why I really liked the prosecco I mentioned above, only $12.

          2. moto Jan 6, 2007 06:53 AM

            hello,speaking as one who enjoys the N.Feuillatte and the Schramsberg wines mentioned, here's another: Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee ('02 the vintage now sold for around $25, from Green Valley,Sonoma County), complex and friendly to a wide variety of foods. cheers

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              HeelsSoxHound Jan 5, 2007 10:21 PM

              gruet rose is pretty righteous, too. gruet anything kicks a fair amount of ass for the price.
              antech carte noir blanquette de limoux
              nino franco prosecco 'rustico'-- one of the best proseccos out there, for not a lot of money.
              dom bourillons sparkling vouvray
              wegeler sekt sparkling riesling

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                chickstein Jan 5, 2007 09:43 PM

                NV Guet and Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs are my favorite value priced sparklers.

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                  Chinon00 Jan 5, 2007 11:30 PM

                  Gloria Ferrer Reserves Sparklers are excellent and affordable.

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                  cherie Jan 5, 2007 09:27 PM

                  Piper Heidsick
                  R. Renaudin
                  Nicolas Feuillate (especially the Rose')
                  Domaine Carneros

                  And for a real cheapie that is surprisingly nice, Trader Joe's has a very nice Prosecco for $7!!!!!!!!!!

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                    BellaDonna Jan 1, 2007 02:51 AM

                    I would second these suggestions:
                    NV Gruet Brut ($13ish from New Mexico-it's damn good for the price)
                    NV Gruet Blanc de Blanc
                    NV Nicholas Feuillate Brut (most likely under $30)
                    NV Domaine Carneros

                    1. HungryMojo Dec 26, 2006 12:33 PM

                      A little off-topic, but I thought I'd mention this in case you hadn't thought of it: this is the time of year (New Year's) that many wine stores have their sparkling wine tasting events. For example, Beverages and More's Northridge store is holding an event called "A Sparkling Toast to 2007!" on December 30. From their web page (http://www.bevmo.com/eventdetails.asp...

                      "Called Champagne in France, Prosecco or Spumante in Italy, Cava in Spain, they come in a wide range of flavors, quality levels and prices. We've got a bevy of bubblies for you to try, including Piper Heidsieck Brut NV - 92PTS, Editor's Choice, Wine Spectator - a perfect wine to bring in the new year. Don't miss this one!"

                      I figured you might be able to try some of the recommendations from this discussion at a New Year's tasting event.

                      1. MMRuth Dec 22, 2006 08:08 PM

                        I like the Anderson Valley Roederer Estate sparkling wine - $17.99 in various stores in Manhattan.

                        1. The Ranger Dec 22, 2006 05:50 PM

                          All three are by Gloria Ferrer:
                          Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvee '97 at $23.99
                          Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs, NV at $12.99
                          Gloria Ferrer Sparkling Wine Brut, NV at $12.99

                          The two NV are currently on sale at Bevmore.com (club card discount). I'm hoping the 97 goes on sale so I can purchase a case of that, too.

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                          1. re: The Ranger
                            zack Dec 22, 2006 10:30 PM

                            i think you meant bevmo.com

                            1. re: zack
                              The Ranger Dec 22, 2006 11:08 PM

                              <D'oh!> Yes, I meant "bevmo.com". Thanks for catching that.

                          2. 2top Dec 22, 2006 04:41 PM

                            Gruet New Mexico

                            Methode Champenoise, Brut, non-Vintage $15

                            Methode Champenoise, Blanc de Blancs $24

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                              zack Dec 22, 2006 02:24 PM

                              Domaine Carneros Brut 2003 $20, made by Taittinger in Napa Valley

                              1. JoanN Dec 21, 2006 10:09 PM

                                Nicolas Feuillate Brut, about $27/bottle in NYC (which has higher taxes on alcohol than most states so I'm sure you could find it for less). Bought this for New Year's last year and we were all very pleasantly surprised that we liked it far better than some of the famous-name, much more expensive bubbly that some had bought.

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                                  SChalfant Dec 21, 2006 10:26 PM

                                  AGREED ON THE NICOLAS! Love it - and their Rose is yummy, too.

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                                    kenito799 Dec 22, 2006 03:11 AM

                                    another shout out for Feuillate--routinely $22 in NYC (Warehouse, Astor Wines) and it is blissfully dry--had some Veuve Clicquot last night at a party and I wished they had spent the money on almost twice as much Feuillate.

                                    My favorite prosecco this year, on the dry side (not as dry as NF Champagne): Mionetto Extra Dry Santo Stefano e San Pietro di Barbozza, $13 at PJWine. Mionetto makes a lot of different proseccos, this one was stellar.

                                    1. re: kenito799
                                      JoanN Dec 22, 2006 11:27 AM

                                      Only $22 at Warehouse?!? Worth the subway fare. Thanks.

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                                      LulusMom Dec 22, 2006 01:18 PM

                                      I strongly third the Nicolas Feuillate Brut recco. Lovely. Will have to try the rose.

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                                        was_bk Dec 22, 2006 08:05 PM

                                        Funny you should metion the Nicolas Feuillate Brut.

                                        At this very moment I'm trying to decide which to give as gift:

                                        Nicolas Feuillate Brut ($27)


                                        Royal Reserve Brut, Philipponnat NV ($29.99)

                                        Any thoughts?

                                        1. re: was_bk
                                          JoanN Dec 22, 2006 08:11 PM

                                          Sorry, not familiar with the Royal Reserve.

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                                        RicRios Dec 21, 2006 10:08 PM

                                        Ceretto Moscato d'Asti Vignaioli di Santo Stefano.
                                        Usually retails for $20 or less.
                                        Lovely Moscato d'Asti, naturally low alcohol (5.5%), sweet bubbly ideal for festive occasions.

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                                          gastrognome Dec 22, 2006 01:14 PM

                                          how sweet is the Moscato d'asti? or do you mean sweet as in good.

                                          1. re: gastrognome
                                            RicRios Dec 22, 2006 04:14 PM

                                            I mean sweet as in dolce.
                                            I usu. don't like sweet stuff (that is, unless you put a d'Yquem in front of me), the (good) Moscato d'Astis are an exception to my rule. Sweet in a smooth way, not cloyingly so. They go well both ends of the meal, as appetizers and/or dessert. I also like their low alcoholic level (always single digit). They are as ancient and as typical a product of Piemonte (land of the Barolos, Barbarescos and Barberas) as it gets. Noble flavors. And last but not least, totally disregarded by wine snobs.

                                            1. re: RicRios
                                              Robert Lauriston Dec 22, 2006 07:13 PM

                                              I love Italian sparkling muscats, but to me they're too sweet to serve with anything but dessert.

                                              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                                                Chicago Mike Dec 22, 2006 09:54 PM

                                                They can be good with appropriate appetizers also, a nice way to kick off a meal as Md'Asti has a way of getting people in a social mood.

                                                1. re: Chicago Mike
                                                  Robert Lauriston Dec 23, 2006 01:19 AM

                                                  What kind of appetizers do you think are appropriate? In my experience if some food comes out while I'm drinking sparkling moscato, I suddenly crave something drier.

                                                  1. re: Robert Lauriston
                                                    Chicago Mike Dec 23, 2006 10:38 PM

                                                    any apps with seafood, cream, pepper/heat, fruit will all do fairly fairly well with Moscato, IMO. It's also an excellent "social" drink to serve with little or nothing just to "get the party started"... because you'll always get oohs and ahhs about it and that puts people in a good frame of mind.

                                                    But also excellent dessert drink for similar reason... that it draws oohs and ahhs and people leave with a fond memory of the meal. Very good with fruit-anything desserts.

                                                    When you think about it, for the money you get as much bang for the buck from moscato d'asti as any other wine out there.

                                                    1. re: Chicago Mike
                                                      RicRios Dec 24, 2006 01:07 AM


                                                      1. re: RicRios
                                                        melly Jan 7, 2007 04:21 PM

                                                        No Ecco!

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                                          Chicago Mike Dec 21, 2006 10:07 PM

                                          For under $30, Moscato d'Asti has to be on the list.

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                                          1. re: Chicago Mike
                                            rebs Jan 5, 2007 09:55 PM

                                            moscato d'asti is not so much sparkling as it is frizzante. as fabulous as it is, i wouldn't think of it as a toasting/celebratory wine (except maybe on xmas eve.)

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                                            cheesemonger Dec 21, 2006 10:02 PM

                                            Schramsberg Blanc de blanc, 2002, $25.

                                            (idea stolen from NY Times article I read yesterday online: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/20/din... registration required)

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                                            1. re: cheesemonger
                                              onefoodguy Dec 22, 2006 02:51 PM

                                              I second that. I just got back from Napa and a visit to Schramsberg, their bubbly is fantastic. Blanc de blancs is very good at the price point but if you really want a GREAT sparkler, pick up a bottle of the J. Schram or Reserve.

                                              1. re: onefoodguy
                                                Robert Lauriston Dec 22, 2006 07:12 PM

                                                I've has some nice sparkling wines from Schramsberg, but for the price I think there are better values in Champagne.

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