Bubbly made easy with this quick guide to the most popular sparkling wines

December 17, 2018

Whether youre buying for your in-laws, your boss or your favorite hostess with the mostest, nothing says holidays like a bottle of sparkling wine. But as fun and elegant as bubblies are, an entire aisle of effervescent extravagance can make your head spin before taking a sip. Our overview hitting the basics of the three most popular picks takes the work out of choosing the right type so you can get back to whats important: gifting, and sipping, them.

PROSECCOThe region: Conegliano, Valdobbiadene, ItalyThe grape: GleraTasting notes and fizz factor: Landing on the sweeter side of sparkling wines, Proseccos boast large bubbles and fresh flavors like pear, apple, honey and melon.Price range: $12-$15Youre gifting it to: A co-worker or party host who might open it mid-bash or toss it into cocktails.

CAVAThe region: Catalonia, SpainThe grapes: Mostly Macabeo, Xarel-lo and ParelladaTasting notes and fizz factor: Like many Spanish whites, Cava offers floral, citric and fruity notes while maintaining the dryness, complexity and smaller bubbles more akin to Champagne.Price range: $12-$20Youre gifting it to: Someone who knows wine but wouldnt expect you to break the bank.

CHAMPAGNEThe region: Champagne, FranceThe grapes: Chardonnay, Pinor Noir and Pinot MeunierTasting notes and fizz factor: The king of sparkling wines, Champagne is extremely versatile and full of finesse from the fine bubbles to the almond, toasty and even mineral notes.Price range: $30 and upYoure gifting it to: A wine aficionado or someone you want to impress.

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