Top 10 Inexpensive Champagnes and Sparkling Wines

10 sparkling wines that flatter a budget

Nothing says "wedding" like a bottle of bubbly. But when you're buying champagne for a crowd, the last thing you want to do is break the bank. Yet discerning the budget champagnes that are drinkable from those that are just vile can be a difficult task.

Here are ten inexpensive champagnes and sparkling wines - most are under $20.

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    Champagne chilling in bucket
    Champagne chilling in bucket. Getty Images/Cultura RM Exclusive/Philip Lee Harvey

    North Coast, California - $21.99

    This delicious California sparkler starts off toasty and nutty, then reveals flavors of citrus, green apple, and pear. Incidentally, Roederer is also the same company who produces the champagne of choice for celebrities, Cristal, making this a rock-star champagne for a rock-bottom price.

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    Napa Valley, California - $22.00

    A crisp, dry sparkling wine that combines the flavors of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Mumm Napa exudes flavors of creamy vanilla, citrus and melon, and it finishes off rich and smooth. It also pairs well with all types of dishes.

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    California - $10.99

    You can't beat the price on this California champagne with a fun name. This sweet chardonnay champagne will please even those who prefer extra dry wines. With flavors of green apples, peaches, and jasmine, both the wine, Barefoot Bubbly is sure to impress.

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    Willamette, Oregon - $27.00

    One of the most respected sparkling wines in this country, this champagne features coveted small bubbles and hints of spice, citrus blossoms and toasted brioche. A sophisticated sparkling wine, it's fruity with only a hint of sweetness.

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    Sonoma Valley, California - $14.00

    The drinkable sparkling wine combines the flavors or apple and pear with warm, buttery flavors. It's the kind of champagne wine lovers love to drink because it blends champagne with a traditional table wine.

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    New Mexico - $15.99

    New Mexico isn't the first place that comes to mind when I think of great wine states, but Gruet Winery has been getting some good buzz lately, particularly for this affordable sparking wine. Its mature taste has a core of pear, apple and tropical fruit.

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    Veneto, Italy - $16.99

    Most people don't think of prosecco as an option for wedding toasts, but it is a lovely, gently sparkling wine. This is a drinkable clean, crisp and light sparkler with a mix of fruity peach and apple.

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    Spain - $12.99

    Rosé, like prosecco, might not be a traditional wedding beverage but this Spanish cava's tasty aromas of strawberry, raspberry and rose petals, not to mention to pretty color, make it worth including.

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    Champagne, France - $56.99

    One of my favorite champagnes, Veuve Clicquot offers a refreshingly smooth and creamy texture with a toasty finish. Not too sweet for the wine connoisseur, but not too dry for the novice. It's a little bit more than the other wines listed here, but it's not as bank-breaking as Cristal or Dom Perignon. In my opinion, it's worth the splurge.

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    Spain - $8.99

    Another region of the world that shouldn't be ignored is Spain, and Freixenet offers a quality taste with a terrific value. Their Carta Nevada Brut is refreshing, light and slightly sweet with fruit and vanilla flavors.