12 of the Best Sparkling Wines that are as good as champagne

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For a lot of people, champagne is a luxury they cannot afford, but saying that, there’s nothing like the pop of the cork and the rush of the fizz when it comes to celebrating a special event. These days there’s no need to fork out for pricy bottles of the fizzy stuff, when there are plenty of acceptable alternatives in the shape of sparkling wines.

From all over the globe, vineyards are putting their grapes to good use and producing some fine sparkling wines that match and even better the best champagnes.

So if you are looking for an alternative this year that is affordable and tastes delicious, have a look at our recommendations for the best sparkling wines (all our recommendations are around 12%):

Berceau Piquepoul Chardonnay Frisante Brut – £11.99

Sparkling Wines A mixture of chardonnay and local grapes, this is a fruity wine that is great for starters of fish and shellfish as it clears the palate beautifully with a refreshing tanginess.

From: majestic.co.uk

Berry Bros & Rudd Crémant de Limoux Brut – £12.25

Sparkling Wines Produced in south west France, this sparkling wine contains a whopping 70% chardonnay grapes and the rest is split between Chenin Blanc and mauzac grapes. This herby wine contains sweet and spice notes.

From: bbr.com

Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux Brut 2014 – £12.95

Sparkling Wines Made using a traditional method that dates back hundreds of years, this is one of the oldest sparkling wines produced and contains grapes that include the local mauzac, chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. A lovely smooth taste on the palate with a big whoosh of fizz.

From: slurp.co.uk

L’Extra Langlois Crémant de Loir Brut – £13.99

Sparkling Wines A lovely fruity and dry sparkling wine here that would please the younger members of the family as it has a bright fizz and contains citrus notes with apple.

From: majestic.co.uk

Jansz Tasmanian Premium Cuvée -£14.35

Sparkling Wines Produced in Tasmanian vineyards, this is a blend of chardonnay and pinot noir grapes and delivers a sweet, nutty flavour that reminds us of bars of nougat with almonds.

From: frazierswines.co.uk

Gauchezco Pinot Noir Extra Brut – £14.99

Sparkling Wines Made using just pinot noir grapes, this sparkling wine comes from Argentina and is light with a refreshing taste, thanks to the grapes being picked in the early morning.

From: ocado.com

Masi Moxxe Spumante Brut 2016 – £15.95

Sparkling Wines Made using a mixture of dried grapes so that the flavour is concentrated, with Pinot Grigio making up the rest, this packs a fruity punch but is slightly mellower than our other recommendations, and so it would pair well with the main dinner.

From: winedirect.co.uk

Three Choirs Classic Cuvée Brut – £16.25

Sparkling Wines This sparkling wine comes from an award-winning vineyard in Gloucester and is produced using only Seyval Blanc grapes that give it a distinctly floral notes along with apples and pears.

From: three-choirs-vineyards.co.uk

Hofkellerei Des Fürsten Von Liechtenstein FL Classique –  £22.67

Sparkling Wines Using a mixture of Riesling and Grüner Veltliner grapes, this is a heady sparkling wine that is quite dry but produces a lovely fizz on the tongue and finishes off with a fruity zest that is refreshing.

From: alpinewines.co.uk

Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvée 2011 – £23

Sparkling Wines Made in California, this wine is aged for three years which gives it a deep and rich texture which is smooth on the palate, then you get the pops of fizz on your tongue which tastes of tropical fruits.

From: winedirect.co.uk

Karanika Brut Cuvée Specialé – £23.50

Sparkling Wines This sparkling wine uses a grape from Macedonia to produce a light and refreshing brut that has a nutty taste and full of citrus punch. It is gaining quite a reputation in Macedonia as being the best wine the country has produced.

From: thefoodmarket.com

Berry Bros & Rudd English Quality Sparkling Wine Brut 2013 – £25.95

Sparkling Wines Our most expensive sparkling wine here but this one has already made an appearance at several high state events. Well-known by wine experts, it contains actual champagne grapes and a mix of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, which makes it as close to the actual stuff as you can get.

From: bbr.com

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