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Champagne alternatives: 25 great bottles to stock up on

It’s got to be done: crack open the bubbly to add a spritz to your end-of-year occasion. And beyond Champagne, there’s a world of excellent and fascinating alternative styles you can choose from, as our expert’s eclectic selection of 25 shows.

We live in a truly effervescent world and my pick of 25 sparkling wines from around the globe proves it – and not one of them is from Champagne. They show that compelling bubbles can be made outside the world’s foremost fizz region.

My aim in selecting these wines was simple: to provide inspiration for joyful bubbles that are just a little off the beaten track.


Scroll down to see tasting notes and score for 25 sparkling wines from around the globe


I also wanted a global span and to include a few wines that stray from the usual grape varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, even though these stalwarts show their mettle in numerous spots here and score highly – above all, Chardonnay.


Champagne alternatives: 25 top sparkling wines from around the globe


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