The Best Champagne for Your Wedding May Not Be Champagne at All: A Crash Course on Sparkling Wine

Champagne is only from the Champagne region of France. However, there are other sparkling wines that are equally as delicious. Here, we break out the best bubbly for every couple, so when it comes time to toast your newlywed status, you and your guests can raise the perfect glass to your future.



Perfect For: Brand-name loyalists

What You Should Know: Champagne is made primarily from a blend of three grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. The proportion of the blend dictates the flavor profile. Blanc de blanc styles are made from Chardonnay only and are elegant, clean, and focused; Blancs de Noirs are made from Pinot Noir only and have more lushness and body. However, most Champagnes are a blend. 

Try These: Pol Roger, Deutz, Gosset, Vilmart et Cie


Méthode Champenoise

Perfect For: The deal-obsessed

What You Should Know: Winemakers who are using the same method used for making Champagne, but are outside of that region, can legally put Méthode Champenoise (you might also see Méthode Traditionelle) on their label. The process of making Champagne is complex and labor-intensive. To put it simply, all sparkling wines start out as still wines. To create bubbles, the wine must ferment for a second time in a pressurized vessel. That way, when carbon dioxide is emitted during that fermentation, it has nowhere to go, dissolves into the wine, and, voilà, becomes as sparkly as an engagement ring. In Champagne, this second fermentation happens right in the bottle, but the region doesn’t have exclusive rights to this production method. With Méthode Champenoise, you’re getting all the quality without the “prestige surcharge.”

Try These: Schramsberg, Roederer Estate, Gruet 



Perfect For: Experience seekers

What You Should Know: Cava is essentially Spain’s answer to Champagne—it’s made the same way but with different grapes (Xarel·lo, Parellada, and Macabeo). Flavor-wise, it’s usually a bit less elegant but a little more fun, lively, and exuberant.

Try These: Gramona Gran Cuvee, Castellroig Brut, German Gilabert 



Perfect For: Frugal partyers

What You Should Know: Prosecco, from the Veneto region of Italy, is your true budget alternative—especially if you’re going for quantity. Prosecco is an affordable option in large part due to the production method (called the Charmat method). Instead of the second fermentation happening in the bottle—which is incredibly labor-intensive, specialized, and expensive—the second fermentation happens in a big tank. So, while the process is a bit less artisanal, the flavor is still festive, light, fruity, and effervescent.

Try These: Il Fortunato, Nino Franco Rustico, Mia


Sparkling Rosé

Perfect For: Vintage romantics

What You Should Know: Maybe it’s an unconventional choice, but there’s something so soft and pretty about a sparkling rosé. Think about aromatic red fruit and rose petals in a glass. With its lovely color, rosé is a perfect choice for a summer vintage-themed soirée or even a garden-themed bridal shower. Champagne, Méthode Champenoise, and Cava can all be found in rosé versions, so there’s a good option at every price point.

Try These: Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé, Llopart Rosé Brut Reserva Cava, Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne

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