That’s right, you heard it here. You can absolutely ring in 2018 with plenty of quality sparkling wines that won’t break the bank on New Years’ Eve.
Whether you’re just not sure which bubbly to invest in for that one house party, thrifty by design or just hosting a large gathering (and need to pop, pop, pop a couple of bottles with your guests), we’ve got you covered. From Prosecco, to Cava and Crémant’s, to new world bubbles and Ontario VQA gems, you’re bound to find something economical and enjoyable for the last night of 2017!
So, without further ado, here are 18 sparkling wines under $18 to help you ring in 2018. Just because the ball’s about to drop, doesn’t mean your bank balance has to!
Joiy Sparkling (NV)
Sparkling wine in a can?! YES, it’s a thing! Who needs to drink a beer when you can sip on these sparkly shimmering bubbles? 😍 Deliciously easy drinking and off-dry, this sparkling Riesling comes in an innovative can format which is super easy to chill and perfect for your NYE house party!
Hungaria Grande Cuvée Brut (NV)
Now Hungary may not be the first place that comes to mind when you hear “Sparkling Wine” – but hear us out! A blend of Királyleányka Rizling (Rhine Riesling), Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay, this wine is crafted using the Méthode Champenoise, at nearly the
same latitude as Champagne, with similar densely chalk-ridden and limestone soils… annnd it’s $12.95.
Trapiche Extra Brut (NV)
An impressive Argentinian sparkler at this price point. This blend of Chardonnay, Semillon and Malbec is produced using the Charmat Method (like Prosecco), resulting in a crisp, clean, fruit-forward sparkling wine bursting with citrus on the nose and a nice creamy mouth feel – sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Cavas Hill 1887 Brut (NV)
Cava, Champagne’s Spanish cousin, is made using the same method but in a warmer climate, with a blend of different grapes, and a much lower price tag. While there are premium Cavas out there, we typically see more affordable ones on the shelves, and lucky for us they’re fantastic value! Golden apple and melon on the nose, with a subtle hint of toast and distinctive minerality, it’s pretty darn interesting for less than $15!
Cono Sur Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé (NV)
This lovely rosé from Chile is crafted in the Traditional Method from 100% Pinot Noir, and is a gorgeous salmon colour with notes of strawberry and rhubarb pie on the nose. Makes for a great aperitif, or pairs perfectly with a wide array of appetizers and late-night shenanigans!
Jacob’s Creek Brut Cuvée (NV)
This bottle-fermented Chardonnay/Pinot Noir blend from Australia has been one of our long-time favourites when we’re trying to tighten up the purse strings! Awesome value at under $15 bucks. Super fruit forward with notes of tree and tropical fruit – it’s incredibly easy drinking and pairs wonderfully with a second glass (…or bottle), hey ’tis the season! 😜
Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava (NV)
Another Cava, and another example of a quality sparkling wine at an incredible value. This one has a noticeable toastiness/nuttiness, aromas of baked apple, with a creamy mouthfeel and long finish. More body too! 💪 Whether you’re prepping a 4-course meal or putting out a bowl of chips… this’ll work!
Sieur d’Arques Première Bulle Brut Blanquette de Limoux (2015)
Limoux claims to be the first region in France to craft sparkling wines, and what makes Blanquette de Limoux special (and different from Crémant de Limoux) is the use of the Mauzac grape, which must make up 90% of the blend! This results in a wine with a distinctive fresh cut grass aroma, paired with a delicate florality, apple, pear, and toasty notes.
Jackson-Triggs Méthode Cuve Close Sparkling VQA
This local Charmat Method sparkler is a blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir. Off-dry, with crisp acidity and bright citrus fruit on the palate. The Riesling shines through in the blend, making it something unique and distinctively Ontario!
Codorniu Seleccion Raventos Rosé (NV)
This Spanish sparkler is like summer in a glass… and with this -19ºC weather we’ve got goin’ on in Ontario right now, we’ll take any nod to some sunshine that we can get! A beautiful bold rose colour, the wine is dominated by juicy red berries with fresh floral aromas shining through. Delicious!
Valdo Marca Oro Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore (NV)
If you see “Prosecco Superiore” on a bottle of Prosecco, it means it comes from a smaller area within the Prosecco region between the towns of Conegliano Valdobbiadene. The area between these towns boasts the most prime vineyard locations and much stricter rules (ex: all grapes must be hand harvested), resulting in the most premium (and delicious) Prosecco out there. And this one clocks in right under $17!
Vértice Cuvée Bruto Espumante
This unique cuvée comes from Portugal, and is a blend of the indiginous varietals Touriga Franca, Gouveio, Malvasia Fina and Viosinho. It has a slight smokiness to it which really stood out to us and makes this a wine one that we continue to revisit when we’re looking for something a little different!
J.C. Le Roux Méthode Cap Classique Pinot Noir Rosé (2010)
South African MCC’s (that’s Méthode Cap Classique for all you baby Sparkling Winos! 😉) are always a treat and ridiculously under-priced! Crafted in the Traditional Method, many of them see extend time on lees, resulting in very complex wines. This Pinot Noir Rosé is crisp and lively, with a gorgeous salmon colour, and cherry, rhubarb and biscuit notes on the nose and palate.
Lily Sparkling Rosé VQA (NV)
Pale pink in the glass, this easy drinking bubbly from the Lake Eerie North Shore is perfect for any occassion, a house party or hey, sharing with your rose loving pals! Enjoy it on its own or with some strawberries, this VQA sparkling wine will impress with its fruity aroma and long-lasting mousse and bubbles. At $16.95, you might be willing to share it when the ball drops!
Charme d’Alienor Crémant de Bordeaux (NV)
Crémant de Bordeaux seems to be much more uncommon than Crémant de Bourgogne or Alsace, and it’s a shame because they’re so lovely! Typically more aromatic and floral, this one is crafted from 90% Sémillon, 10% Cabernet Franc. The wine has notes of white flowers, ginger and almond, and makes for a seriously delicious aperitif or party drink!
Louis Bouillot Perle Noire Blancs De Noirs Brut (NV)
This Blanc de Noir comes from the Burgundy region of France, but… shocker, there’s no Pinot Noir in it at all! It’s a fresh and fruity blend of Merlot and Grenache with a vibrant nose of cherry and red currant (and one pretty freakin’ cool bottle!) 🙌
Santa Margherita Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore (NV)
Refreshing, with enjoyable lemon zest and tree fruit on the palette, this sparkling is perfect to enjoyment on its own, with those seafood dishes people tend to put out for New Year’s and, hey, since it’s the festive season, it’s perfect for sharing at house parties. You might even make some new friends (…even if it’s just because they want to drink your delicious Prosecco)!
Grande Cuvée 1531 De Aimery Cremant De Limoux (NV)
A mouthful of a name, but you know what? Once you get past the name, you’re going to want a mouthful of this delicious bubbly from Roussillon, France! Pale in colour, dry and medium bodied with balanced acid. Technical deets aside, this wine has beautiful aromas of toast, citrus and pear with a long finish. All in all, a perfect sparkling to impress a host, enjoy on your own (with your cat or pet rock), share with friends or stack in the fridge in case the party migrates to your place!