5 Champagne Alternatives for Under $30

Budget-friendly bottles of bubbly for the holidays.

December is the season to get loud and tipsy at a holiday party, shop for cashmere at 6 a.m., and regift that bottle of Perrier-Jouët that's been hiding in your basement since March. Even in the midst of a jaded economy, Champagne has firmly retained its value, making it pricey and unreasonable for the average consumer. A reputable bottle of non-vintage Champagne costs at least $45; rosé $65. So if you find yourself tying bows on bottles for your favorite doctor or doorman this holiday season, consider non-Champagne sparkling wines as a smart way give the gift of gratitude on a budget. Here are five favorite Champagne alternatives for under $30 to help you save this holiday.

 

Wine: Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, Brut

Producer: Nino Franco

Year: Non-vinatge

Region: Valdobbiadene, Veneto, Italy

Grape: Prosecco

Market Price: $16

 

Wine: Cava Brut Reserva

Producer: Avinyó

Year: Non-vintage

Region: Penedès, Spain

Grape: Macabeu, Parellada, Xarel-lo

Market Price: $17

 

Wine: Cava Imperial

Producer: Gramona

Year: 2005

Region: Penedès, Spain

Grape: Xarel-lo, Macabeu, Chardonnay

Market Price: $27

 

Wine: Vouvray Pétillant

Producer: Domaine Huët

Year: 2005

Region: Loire Valley, France

Grape: Chenin Blanc

Market Price: $28

 

Wine: Blanc de Blancs

Producer: Jean-Claude Thevenet

Year: Non-vintage

Region: Mâconnais, Burgundy, France

Grape: Chardonnay

Market Price: $29

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