When it comes to sparklers, you bet.
Top picks under $25 include:
Roederer Estate’s NV Anderson Valley Brut
Domaine Chandon’s Brut Classic, NV California
Mirabelle NV North Coast Brut
When value shopping, what’s key?
Find bottles that are made in the traditional method that Champagne is produced. Look for this wording on the label: “Traditional method” or “fermented in this bottle.” If you see a label that says “Charmat Process” or “fermented in the bottle,” beware. The sparklers’ secondary fermentation was in a big container or a tank and this process will create big soda pop bubbles, not to mention a less complex, refined sparkler.