Expensive-Looking Bubbly That’s Actually Affordable

If the clock strikes midnight on January 31st and no one pops Champagne, is it even New Year’s Eve? We might not be able to fully address this timeless philosophical conundrum, but we can attest that bottles of bubbly and NYE go together like PB&J. Champagne undoubtedly adds festive layers of sophistication to any celebratory occasion, but finding the right bottle can an expensive investment. So what’s a New Year’s Eve partier, with no dough to drop on Dom and no desire to go the sugary $5 bottle route, to do? Steer clear of Champagne altogether.

Instead, we suggest taking a good look at other sparkling wines, because the $20, and under, market for bubbly alternatives is bursting with chic finds. These bottles are not only more affordable than the fancier options, but the labels are chic enough to look way pricier than they are: from pop-able brut rosés, to crisp Proseccos, Sofia Coppola’s luminous take on Blanc de Blancs, and even a surprise sparkling Shiraz. Let the options ahead help you ring in the new year with cheap and unique style; you’ll forget all about not having the budget to shell out for that bottle of Dom.

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Replace classic Champs with a bottle of Cuvée for a crisp profile of lemon, honeysuckle, pear, and a smooth toasted-almond finish.

J Vinyards Cuvée 20, $16.27, available at Drizly.

NYE and rosé-lovers rejoice, because Coeur Clémentine’s effervescent rosé is dry, delicate, and packed with fresh fruit-floral flavors.

Coeur Clementine Sparkling Rose NV, $17.99, available at The Wine Country.

A Californian blend of Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay, this sparkling white boasts crisp flavors of sun-kissed fruit and the feel of a French Champagne.

Finke’s Widow Sparkling White Blend, $20.99 $16.00, available at Winc.

We already love it in a can, so popping a bottle of Francis Ford Coppola’s sweet and sparkling Sofia on New Year’s is a no-brainer.

Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Blanc de Blancs, $16.49, available at Drizly.

Sauvage is not only a hip and affordable dry sparkling wine, bursting with bright notes of mineral and citrus, but it’s also the catch-phrase for your New Year’s evening.

Gruet Sauvage Blanc de Blancs, $20, available at Drink Dispatch.

Steering clear of Champagne doesn’t make French wine totally off-limits — try a glimmering bottle of this Chardonnay, Chenin, and Pinot Noir blend from the south of France.

Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut Rosé, $21.49, available at Drizly.

McBride Sisters’ specialty bottle of sparkling rosé combines New Zealand Pinot Noir with a hint of Chardonnay.

McBride Sisters Sparkling Brut Rosé, $19.99, available at McBride Sisters.

A bubbly red?! Yes you can with this critically acclaimed, velvety, and sparkling bottle of Shiraz from The Black Chook.

The Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz N.V., $18.00 $16.99, available at Wine.com.

Gruet’s unique sparkling wines hail from New Mexico — and this Blanc de Noirs bottle boasts fruity flavors of raspberry, pear, and cherry with a hint of toasted vanilla.

Gruet Blanc de Noirs, $15.99, available at Wine.com.

This sparkling and complex Spanish white is dry and peppery with a subtly sweet stone fruit finish.

Vins El Cep Marques de Gelida 2012 Cava, $16, available at Drink Dispatch.

Although we love the elegant label alone, Chloe’s Prosecco also boasts a sophisticated flavor profile — with fruity notes of peach, green apple, citrus, and a crisp hint of white flowers.

Chloe Prosecco, $13.99, available at Drizly.

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