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Budget bubbles: Australia's Top 10 tasty champagnes
Valentine's Day is fast approaching and what could be better than popping open a bottle of Champagne to celebrate the occasion.
But if you're on a budget, you can get that Champagne taste on a sparkling wine budget - with some options coming in at less than $7.50.
Speaking to 9Honey, a number of wine experts recommended their favourite sparkling under $20. Here's what they recommended:
Claire Creek Sparkling Moscato Rosa NV, $3.99
"Whether enjoyed as an aperitif or over a cream layered fruit Pavlova, sparkling moscato is a great way to freshen up the palate after a meal. Lifted, light red fruits of musk, fairy floss and strawberry tropical fruits, bring freshness and a balanced sweetness to the mouth. Best served chilled." - Jason Bowyer, Wine and Sparkling Buying Director, ALDI
Veuve-Olivier Sparkling Brut NV 750ml, $7.49
"If you can't go past a French bubbly, particularly a sparkling under $10, then look no further than this Gold Medal-winning bottle. This wine is a fresh, dry, and fruit-driven bubble full of citrus and toasted honey flavours. Available as part of our everyday range, this is the perfect bottle for a Valentine's Day toast." - Jason Bowyer, Wine and Sparkling Buying Director, ALDI
Yellowglen Chardonnay Pinot Noir & Prosecco NV 750ml, $7.99
"This refreshing pinot noir and prosecco is exclusive to ALDI with fresh citrus and stone fruit flavours and a creamy finish." - Jason Bowyer, Wine and Sparkling Buying Director, ALDI
Yellowglen Chardonnay Pinot Noir Prosecco & Rose NV 750ml, $7.99
"A pale pink, refreshing rose sparkling that is perfect for any celebration, with aromas of strawberries and white pear." - Jason Bowyer, Wine and Sparkling Buying Director, ALDI
Corte Carista Prosecco NV 750ml, $9.99
"This classic prosecco from the Veneto Fruilli Venezia Giulia region is fresh and dry, with flavours of white pear, acacia flowers and elegant perfume." - Jason Bowyer, Wine and Sparkling Buying Director, ALDI
Vallee Des Secrets Sparkling Cuvee NV, $12.99
"This masterful Grande Cuvee exudes freshness, vibrancy and subtle complexity. Another award winner available in stores every day, the Cuvee features flavours of white stone fruits, grapefruit and light red fruits." - Jason Bowyer, Wine and Sparkling Buying Director, ALDI
Amelia & Trent Burge Versus Cuvee Brut, $14.99
"The perfect bottle of bubbles for lovers who like their sparkling wine on the crisp and dry side. This Chardonnay Pinot Noir sparkling is full of summer fruits with complex notes on the nose followed by a rich mouthfeel and a light, crisp finish." - Mathew Young, Champagne and Sparkling Wine Category Manager, Dan Murphy's
Villa Conchi Brut Selection Cava, $16.99
"For the woman in your life! With the aim of paying homage to Conchi, a woman who loved French sparkling wines, Villa Conchi Cava is a tribute to women around the world. A careful selection of vineyards in the heart of Catalunya, protected by the mountain of Montserrat, has been the main focus for the production of Villa Conchi. Their Cavas aim to present a fresher style from a Mediterranean climate." - Mathew Young, Champagne and Sparkling Wine Category Manager, Dan Murphy's
Belvino Prosecco DOC, $17.99
"With its eye-catching packaging, Belvino is sure to impress your Valentine. But this Prosecco from Italy is not just about the packaging! The finest grapes were chosen to create an intense sparkling wine with a rich bouquet and pronounced flavours of fresh cut pear and crisp apple. The mousse is soft and caressing and the flavours linger attractively." - Mathew Young, Champagne and Sparkling Wine Category Manager, Dan Murphy's
Dean & Monroe King Valley Prosecco, $18
"If you are going for a stylish Valentine's Day picnic or table setting, this is the perfect bottle. This refreshing Prosecco from the renowned King Valley region is full of lovely flavours of melon and white peach." - Simon Wilson, BWS Learning Partner
But if you do decide to splurge a little on a bottle of bubbly…
Monsigny Champagne Brut NV 750ml, $22.99
"This award winner offers great value for money and is available in stores every day. With a dried apple and nutty flavour, it's a signature of high-quality Champagne." - Jason Bowyer, Wine and Sparkling Buying Director, ALDI
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