This holiday season, take a moment to remember that bubbly doesn’t have to be Champagne.

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This holiday season, take a moment to remember that bubbly doesn’t have to be Champagne.

Photograph by Stephen K. Schuster/Gallery Stock

Non-Champagne Champagnes

Holiday Sparkling Wine
Holiday Sparkling Wine

This holiday season, take a moment to remember that bubbly doesn’t have to be Champagne.

Photograph by Stephen K. Schuster/Gallery Stock
2004 Ca’ Del Bosco Franciacorta Annamaria Clementi Rose, Italy
2004 Ca’ Del Bosco Franciacorta Annamaria Clementi Rose, Italy

The hills of Franciacorta in north-central Italy produce the juicy pinot nero grapes used to make this delicious sparkler. French law requires aging Champagnes for at least 30 months before releasing them for sale; this one spent 84 months bottle-aging. That extra time in contact with yeast adds depth, along with aromas and flavors of lime, raspberry, and fresh-cut grass.
Perfect for: celebrating a new job. $119.95

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Thierry Germain Bulles de Roche Saumur Brut NV, France
Thierry Germain Bulles de Roche Saumur Brut NV, France

The Loire Valley’s Vouvray region has been popular in wine circles for a few years now. But the nearby Saumur area, where winemaker Thierry Germain crafts his exceptional nonvintage blends, is still relatively unknown. In this bottle, chenin blanc grapes dominate, resulting in a fizz that’s minerally, bone-dry, and highly acidic with a beautiful lemon color.
Perfect for: impressing your wine snob co-workers. $16.95

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Szigeti Gruner Veltliner Brut NV, Austria
Szigeti Gruner Veltliner Brut NV, Austria

Szigeti, a winery that sits on Austria’s Hungarian border, ferments grüner veltliner grapes, which are standard for wines in the country but unheard of in the world of bubbly. This option balances peachlike sweetness with peppery spice, making it incredibly versatile with food. It’s a thoughtful gift for a Champagne aficionado, but if you keep it for yourself, enjoy with ice-cold oysters.
Perfect for: right now. $20

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Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Rose Brut, New Zealand
Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Rose Brut, New Zealand

Winemaker Rudi Bauer creates this salmon-pink rosé from handpicked grapes grown in a single vineyard in south-central New Zealand, where he extracts the full flavor of the grape. Its first taste of cherry and rhubarb turns to an almost creamy finish, making it a no-brainer to pour with dessert.
Perfect for: a Thanksgiving or New Year’s Eve host gift. $33.95

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2008 Iron Horse Classic Vintage Brut, California
2008 Iron Horse Classic Vintage Brut, California

This Sonoma County vineyard specializes in chardonnay and pinot noir, which are the traditional Champagne grapes. No surprise then that most of their sparkling wines are exceptional. With comforting notes of toasted bread and pie spices, the 2008 brut is one of the winery’s best, and it’s well-suited to the holiday comfort food season.
Perfect for: sharing with friends at a dinner party. $37.95

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Buzzwords
Buzzwords

Five terms to make buying bubbly easier.

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