Here I have to admit to being totally biased. I'm going to root for the home team, which in my case is Italy, and more specifically the north of the country. A lot of people don't realize just how much sparkling wine is produced in Italy and how well priced many are. I'll be tasting tons of sparkling wines in the coming days, but if you're out shopping now, you could do a lot worse than picking up one of the bubblies from Trentino's Rotari winery. The Brut is right around $10 a bottle and it combines a subtle Champagne-like yeasty/toasty nuance with a bright, fresh fruit character that makes this super approachable and easy to love.
Another great alternative would be the Fantinel Brut Rose, which is all about delicious, easy to enjoy fruit. It proved to be a huge hit this summer when we served it at one of our Snooth events. Seriously, this is fun in a bottle.
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