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Favorite sub $15.00 bubbly?

zackly Feb 24, 2014 06:56 AM

We like to drink dry sparkling wine, especially when we are entertaining in the summer. My wife loves it all but I'm getting bored with Prosecco, which I buy by the case @ around $10.00 US. Do you have any favorites in this price range? I've had some nice Cava from Spain but don't know much about sparklers from Italy, France (other than Champagne) US, Australia, New Z eland. One from France that I've enjoyed is Lois Perdrier but I haven't seen in around much lately.
Thanks & Cheers!

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    Raffles Feb 24, 2014 07:21 AM

    Have you tried any of the bubbly hard ciders? Just a thought....some are very good, some not so.

    1. JAB Feb 24, 2014 07:29 AM

      Gruet is nice at that price point.

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        c oliver Feb 24, 2014 07:42 AM

        We really like Gruet and never realized that New Mexico makes wine. And, like OP, we drink a lot of Spanish cavas.

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          zackly Feb 24, 2014 08:13 AM

          I've only had Gruet once as far as I know and I did not care for it. I know many people love it including wine critics. Maybe I got a bad bottle? Does it have a very distinctive/different flavor? I'm going to give it another try. They make several styles. Any preferences?

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            JAB Feb 24, 2014 09:11 AM

            No preference. I've tried several styles and they all at least met my expectations at that price point.

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              c oliver Feb 24, 2014 09:14 AM

              We get the Gruet rose'.

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                ChefJune Feb 24, 2014 10:16 AM

                I don't think Gruet has a "different" taste. Which one of their wines did you have? I do know some folks who don't care for their Brut, but love the Blanc de Noir.

                There are several Cavas we like that are less than $15, but none of those have "Freixenet" on the label.

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                  zackly Feb 24, 2014 11:02 AM

                  probably the Brut but not 100% sure

                2. re: zackly
                  pamf Feb 24, 2014 11:17 AM

                  I am also not a fan of the Gruet. I have tasted it a few times, usually at a restaurant, by the glass, so it may have suffered a bit. It's not bad, but it is just not that interesting or flavorful of a wine.

                  For inexpensive California sparkling I like Piper Sonoma or Domain Chandon, both readily available here in CA for under $15 when on sale. They usually go on sale right before a holiday, so Easter would be the next holiday coming up.

                  If you can find any French Cremant (from various regions) they are often a good value too.

                  It would be helpful to know where you are located because wine price and availability varies so greatly from state to state.

                  1. re: pamf
                    zackly Feb 24, 2014 12:02 PM

                    Norwalk, CT 06850
                    CT has minimum prices that a retailer can sell any alcohol. I do shop on the internet usually from:
                    Wines Til Sold Out
                    Wired for Wine
                    These are merchants that sell overstocks or odd lots @ a discount.

                  2. re: zackly
                    zackly Mar 23, 2014 09:33 AM

                    I did go back and try Gruet. I liked it very much. I must have had an off bottle earlier.

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                  zin1953 Feb 24, 2014 09:54 AM

                  <$15 is a very difficult thing to pull off from France these days, as prices for the various Crémant appellations have continued to creep above that level. (Long gone are the days when one could pick up a 100 percent Chardonnay Crémant de Bourgogne for $6.99!)

                  One exception would be the Cave de Lugny Cremant de Bourgogne Rose Brut, as careful searching can reveal this for $14.99.

                  The same holds true for some Prosecco bottlings, too, such as Drusian for instance. But another careful search can yield gems, like the Adami Garbel Prosecco for $12.99.

                  I'd also toss in the Gruet -- perhaps you had a bad bottle, but I find it to provide the biggest QPR of any domestic sparkling wine by far.

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                    TombstoneShadow Feb 24, 2014 11:14 AM

                    Easy: moscato d' asti. Super food-friendly from appetizer through dessert....

                    More a light fizzy than a full-bubbled "bubbly", but effervescent enough to have a bubbles effect, definitely fits your price range and won't disappoint you straight or especially with a wide range of food.

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                      c oliver Feb 24, 2014 11:17 AM

                      Aren't moscatis generally sweet?

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                        zackly Feb 24, 2014 12:06 PM

                        You beat me to the punch, C.Oliver. Any Asti I've had (limited) has been sweet.

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                          ChefJune Feb 24, 2014 12:50 PM

                          there aer many Moscatos that have nothing to do with Asti....

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                            c oliver Feb 24, 2014 01:20 PM

                            I simply abbreviated. Tombstone referred to moscato d' asti.

                          2. re: zackly
                            TombstoneShadow Feb 24, 2014 09:24 PM

                            Well what about semi-doux and doux champagnes, are they not bubblies?

                            The poster didn't specify "dry" bubblies.

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                              BubblyOne Feb 25, 2014 05:46 AM

                              <We like to drink dry sparkling wine>

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                                TombstoneShadow Feb 25, 2014 07:19 PM

                                ahhh... good catch, sorry.

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                        littlestevie Feb 24, 2014 01:29 PM

                        I can almost alyways find California sparkling wine for under 15 at my supermarket. What I am talking about are the ones made by the large French houses in California. Mumms, Roederer, Tattinger and Chandon all make great sparkling wines that I can get for under 15 bucks at my market. I do live in California and they will go on sale every couple of months.

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                          BubblyOne Feb 24, 2014 02:20 PM

                          +1, Chandon Brut has been on sale for $12.99 (since Christmas at least) at my local grocery.

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                            zackly Feb 24, 2014 02:45 PM

                            Wow, $13.00 is cheap. More like $17.00 in CT. I like that wine.

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                              pamf Feb 24, 2014 03:16 PM

                              Yes, we are very lucky in California that rules about the sale of alcohol are very liberal and prices are probably the lowest in the country.

                              East coast has more European wines so look out for some deals on those.

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                                BubblyOne Feb 24, 2014 09:18 PM

                                Living in CA, I try my best for the "farm to table" experience, ha!

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                                KatoK Feb 24, 2014 04:31 PM

                                I like the Brut, but like the Blanc de Noirs even more.
                                Trader Joes here in Northern CA also has a private label sparkler, which a bargain at $10. It is made by Rack and Riddle which is also a nice option, but I am not sure if they are under the $15 target.

                              3. re: BubblyOne
                                c oliver Feb 24, 2014 03:01 PM

                                And Safeway periodically has 30% off all wines (is it over $20?) and an additional 10% if you buy 6 or more.

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                                  BubblyOne Feb 24, 2014 03:06 PM

                                  I'm speaking about Von's (Safeway) and you get an additional 10% off even at that price if you buy 6.

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                                    c oliver Feb 24, 2014 03:07 PM

                                    Right. We never buy fewer than six :) And that can be mixed spirits/wines.

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                                      BubblyOne Feb 24, 2014 03:11 PM

                                      Yep, unless I'm looking for something very specific their prices are generally cheaper than the wine warehouse places.

                                      I never buy less than 6 either ;)

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                                        chloebell Feb 24, 2014 03:27 PM

                                        Jaume Sera Cristalino Brut Cava. Usually around $10 at my store. Here's a link to what the bottle looks like. It's very good!


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                                          c oliver Feb 24, 2014 03:32 PM

                                          Ooh, I forgot about that. We like the rose' especially. With discount, I've seen it in the $6+ range.

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                                            chloebell Feb 25, 2014 05:47 AM

                                            Oh yeah, when it goes on sale where I live, it's around $7 easy. I'll have to try the rose' - I'll bet it's delish!

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                                              c oliver Feb 25, 2014 07:58 AM

                                              And the sparkling rose's are so 'food friendly.'

                                        2. re: BubblyOne
                                          littlestevie Feb 24, 2014 03:43 PM

                                          And if you are lucky enough to live near a Von's with an expanded wine section, the selection is really pretty good.

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                                    KarenDW Feb 24, 2014 08:04 PM

                                    wow. I'm in BC Canada, and the Chandon Brut Classic is $27 CDN/$24/50 USD

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                                      c oliver Feb 24, 2014 08:11 PM

                                      When we were in BC five plus years ago it was pretty surprising how high the prices were. Obviously that hasn't changed :(

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                                        littlestevie Feb 25, 2014 09:42 AM

                                        I know. Whenever we are in Canada, I switch to Canadian beers or BC wines. We were in Quebec City on our honeymoon many many years ago, eating at nice place, the waiter told of a nice imported wine they had. Of course being in Quebec, I thought "French", but while the wine was imported, it was imported from California. It was a nothing bottle of Gallo.

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                                  BoneAppetite Mar 23, 2014 04:45 PM

                                  Our winemonger sells a lot of Veuve du Vernay, brut and rose.

                                  1. ChefJune Mar 24, 2014 02:04 PM

                                    St. Hilaire, a Cremant de Limoux, costs below $15 in most US markets. It's quite tasty, and claims to be the "first sparkling wine ever made in France."

                                    1. mangeur Mar 24, 2014 02:59 PM

                                      Cook's brut. It became the default (i.e., daily) house bubbly after they ran the pre-millenium commercial "If you insist on paying $100 for champagne, buy a case of ours!"

                                      Our son did a brown-bag tasting on reasonable sparkling wine for his wedding reception, and tossed in a bottle of Cook's as a joke. It won.

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                                        TombstoneShadow Mar 25, 2014 11:52 PM

                                        I love that last example... a blind brown-bag tasting... nothing more reliable IMO. The palate doesn't lie :) thanks for the tip.

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                                          zin1953 Mar 26, 2014 11:52 AM

                                          . . . PRESUMING, of course, that the taste of the taster coincides with your own.

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                                            mangeur Mar 26, 2014 06:42 PM

                                            The point is to do this yourself.

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                                              zin1953 Mar 26, 2014 07:23 PM


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