5 delish, affordable sparkling wines for summer

ellen silverman

ellen silverman

Ellen Silverman sent this image of the charming chairs her friend Lauren Malkasian‘s daughter made out of the wire cages from bottles of Champagne drunk during a celebratory dinner one evening. That got us thinking about sparkling wines so we asked our trusty wine/spirits/entertaining advisor Anthony Giglio for his recommendations. He sent us FIVE plus his favorite summer cocktail:

I keep a lot of sparkling wine on hand during the warm months because their acidity – assuming they’re brut — is so perfectly thirst quenching. I stock a lot of Prosecco, in particular, because my wife Antonia and I are addicted to Aperol Spritz cocktails  and you can’t make them without good Prosecco (and, oddly, other sparkling wines render the drink weird). Editor’s note: you’ll find Anthony’s recipe for the refreshing Aperol Spritz here.

For value there’s no better sparkler than Cava from Spain (which we poured at our wedding when we hosted 270 people!). A good sparkling rosé is always welcome as a classy aperitif.

But perhaps the greatest surprise I can pour for friends after they hear that telltale delicate “pop” sound is a fabulous sparkler from New Mexico made by a family from Champagne who searched for the best climate in the U.S. to replicate their home territory. Go figure! In blind tastings people think it’s Champagne, or at least a very expensive New World sparkler, but Gruet is always well under $20, as are all of these picks. Note: All are NV i.e. non vintage and available at Astor Wine & Spirits.

Nino Franco Prosecco Rustico, Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, Veneto, Italy, NV  $15.97 Item #16984
Pears, apples and white peaches.

Mionetto Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, Veneto, Italy NV $16.99 Item #17705
Soft citrus, star fruit and white peaches.

Coteau de Pizy Touraine Rosé Sparkling “Méthode Traditionelle,” Loire, France NV $14.99
Ever-so-slightly off dry, brimming with watermelon and strawberries.

Casas del Mar, Cava, Penedès, Spain NV $10.99   Item #21639
Floral, honeysuckle aromas, mildly toasty, mouthwatering.

Gruet Brut, New Mexico, USA NV $13.97  Item #16934
Creamy apples, pears, ripe plum, gulpable.

Thanks a million Anthony! 

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One Response to 5 delish, affordable sparkling wines for summer

  1. Amy Daniewicz 08.15.2013 at 12:44am #

    This is great–thanks so much for compiling! I’ve been drinking sparkling wines all summer. I loved a Cava recently called El Xamfra Mercat Brut Nature. I’m excited to try the wine from New Mexico! Amy

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