Wine Spectator: 8 Sparkling Wines: California vs Champagne Showdown – Featuring Schramsberg Mirabelle
There’s a common misconception that sparkling wine is reserved for special occasions—anniversaries, birthdays, New Year’s Eve, etc. In truth, every meal pairs well with bubbly, and today’s selection of well-priced Champagnes and California sparklers (all under $50) are worth considering any night of the week.
These sparklers come in a variety of styles. From California, Domaine Carneros and Schramsberg offer vibrant and fruity examples, while the blancs de blancs from Gloria Ferrer and Mumm Napa are more polished and elegant versions.
Score: 91 | $31
WS review: Sleek and vibrant, featuring floral and multilayered strawberry and apple flavors, laced with graham cracker and toasted nut notes. Drink now. 15,550 cases made. From California.—T.F.