Salty meat, crunchy crackers and surprising sparklers (some grüner, anyone?) will turn your weekend picnic into a highlight of the summer. Here are some tips from ten years of our tastings—narrowed down from some 1,330 bubblies (leaving aside an equal number of Champagnes) to a list of 25 consistently delicious sparklers, including these eight to clean up after salumi, speck and other cured meats. All come at prices reasonable enough to make them anyday drinking. Crush a bottle with your favorite charcuterie this summer.
BERRY-SCENTED SPARKLING MONASTRELL FOR CHORIZO
SOFT, PEAR-SCENTED PROSECCO FOR SMOKED DUCK
BRIGHT, NERVY NEW YORK STATE SPARKLERS FOR PORK RILLETTES
EARTHY, FOG-DRIVEN GREEN VALLEY BUBBLY FOR COUNTRY HAM ON BUTTERED BISCUITS
RICH, CIDERY SLOVENIAN SPARKLING FOR SLICED SPECK
PLUMMY LAMBRUSCO FRIZZANTE FOR SPICY ’NDUJA
- Lambrusco Reggiano Concerto $25
- Lambrusco Reggiano Quercioli Secco $13
Imported from Italy by Kobrand, Purchase, NY
PALE, EARTHY JURA CRÉMANT FOR CHICKEN-LIVER PÂTÉ
- Crémant du Jura Brut $23
Imported from France by Skurnik Wines & Spirits, NY
HERBAL PINOT-NOIR–BASED BUBBLES FOR LIVERWURST
- Burgenland Pinot Noir Brut Rosé $25
- Burgenland Gustav Klimt Brut Blanc de Blancs $25
Imported from Austria by Craft + Estate/ Winebow Imports, NY
Our Crushable Sparklers brands outperformed the competition for affordability and quality in the past 10 years of our tastings. After our editors made their selections, we offered wineries the opportunity to promote their recognition with a bottle image and link to their site.
This story appears in the print issue of August 2020.
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