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The Best Cheap Champagne for Under $20 a Pop

Make a toast with a glass of the good stuff! Here are the best cheap champagnes and sparkling wines for bubbly on a budget, according to a sommelier.

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Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace: $19

To be considered champagne, the bubbles technically need to be made in Champagne, France. But Cremant is as close to champagne as you can get. This elegant French sparkling wine has balanced flavors and is ideal for any toast.

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McPherson Cellars Sparkling Chenin Blancvia

McPherson Cellars Sparkling Chenin Blanc: $13

Texas may not be the first place you think of when you think of sparkling wine, but McPherson Cellars of Lubbock is out to change minds with its Sparkling Chenin Blanc. The James Beard Award-nominated winery produces a fabulous semi-dry sparkler. This light-bodied wine is perfect for sipping alone or for kicking off a festive dinner party.

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Pere Ventura ‘Tresor’ Rose Cava NV: $16

Cava is Spain’s answer to champagne—and it’s a fantastic fizz that won’t break the bank. Pere Ventura’s rosé is made from the local Trepat grape and is full of red berry and rose petal aromas. It’s an ideal pairing for baked salmon.

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Rondel Brut Cava: $9

For a bottle of bubbly under $10, check out Rondel cava. It’s not too sweet and has soft peach and nut flavors, with floral aromas. (Close your eyes and see if you can smell white lilies!) A glass would be fantastic with shrimp.

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Graham Beck Brut Rosé NV: $19

While South Africa might not be the first place your mind jumps to when hunting for a great sparkling wine, it’s not a region to be overlooked. This lively rosé is remarkably good with deviled eggs sprinkled with crispy bacon.

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Riondo Prosecco Spago Nerovia

Riondo Prosecco Spago Nero: $13

We love Riondo Prosecco Spago Nero because it’s fruity and light-bodied. A glass of this bubbly won’t weigh you down, meaning you can mix and mingle at the holiday party. Plus, it pairs well with lots of fruit-forward holiday treats.

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Jacqueline Leonne Brut Rosé: $15

From New Mexico, the Jacqueline Leonne rosé has a steely pink color. It’s a crisp sparkling wine that fruity aromas and flavors of fig-berry tart and lemon scone. You can serve this rosé with almost any hors d’oeuvres to almost any guest.

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Camille Berry
Part of the third generation in a family of restaurateurs, Camille was born with a passion for cooking and food. She embarked on a career in hospitality where she excelled as a sommelier and wine director. This hospitality experience has given her a wealth of first-hand knowledge about how to pair all manner of drinks with food—plus some serious kitchen skills. These days, she's hung up her wine key in favor of a pen and covers all aspects of food and drink.

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