Best Value Store Bought Champagne or Sparkling Wine?
Anyone have any recommendations for store bought Champagne or sparkling wine -- under $35? Looking for value, not necessarily price...
Anywhere in Boston/Cambridge/North Shore.
I've enjoyed the Domaine Carneros "Brut", which I think is a good value at about $25: crisp, with some complexity, and none of the sickly sweet flavors that I associate with cheap sparklers. The 2004 is giving way to the 2005 in the stores where I've seen it. Haven't tried the 2005...
I know it's not Boston or North Shore, but Bin Ends in Braintree has some reasonably priced Cavas and Proseccos. Their inventory changes frequently so you may want to check on-line to see what's in stock or give them a call.
Cava, Methode Champenoise sparklers from Spain are the best bang for the $. Segura Viudas Aria, or anything other then Freixnet (ick) is generally yummy.
I adore the Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco. I think I bought some on sale at Bauer Wine on Newbury Street for about $15 recently.
This was a sparkler we grew to love at the Butcher Shop and B & G. It's one of our favorites It's crisp, lovely, medium bodied and very food friendly. I'm going to go check if it's still on sale and order a case for our July 4th celebration.
Thanks for the question that reminded me to order wine for the 4th.
I am also a big fan of this wine, its just all around well made, a bit more body, good aroma. $15 is a good price (normally around $18 in most stores, some will offer a 20% case discount or when on sale). Nice for pre-meal drinking, but also holds up to food which I think is a weakness of many cavas and some proseccos. Please let us know if Bauer still has it on sale. Atlas right off 93N carries it for $18 and sometimes have sales on larger champagne producers.
You didn't mention if this was for a celebration, gift, take to dinner, eat with food or alone. Your price is a bit shy of being able to buy champagne from a smaller producer, but you can probably find a Nicholas Feuillatte or Heidsieck Blue top (yellow label, seems to always be on sale at Cambridge Wine & Spirits) if you wanted to go that route. Mumm Napa Cuvee M I like as domestic drinking wine, not a huge fan of the basic domaine chandon blanc de blancs/noirs, but if you can find a Chandon Napa Reserve those are a big step up due to extra time on the lees and good acidity to go well with food. Martignetti's has a lot of good domestic options like Iron Horse, Gloria Ferrer, and so on in addition to the Gruet. For a dessert wine I love a brachetto which is sweet, red, and lower in alcohol its a good "bring to dinner" wine. Occasionally Brix, Martys or someone have some interesting ones from smaller producers in Piedmont, although the readily available pineto brachetto d'acqui marenco is around $20. (I would think this would also be up Berman's alley, but to be honest I don't recall ever seeing a brachetto there). I think we are all assuming that you are going to drink the wine right away because just about all the suggestions for that.
Gruet from New Mexico (of all places!) is an excellent sparkling wine and a great value. You can usually find it in the $15.99 range. The producers are a French family that happened to find the perfect spot for growing grapes somewhere in New Mexico and now make this terrific line of sparkling wines there. You won't be disappointed in any of their offerings.
Another favorite of ours. My husband and I like the Blanc de Noir and the rosé more than the Brut but they are all good values.
A couple of years ago we decided that we needed more sparkle than New Years Eve could provide and vowed to celebrate the 1st of each month with a sparkling wine. Naturally, we have explored the less expensive segment of the market and have found a lot of great values.