Gruet Blanc de Noirs NV: $18
Q: What do you get when you take a wine-making family from France and drop them in the middle of New Mexico? A: Kick-ass sparkling wine, that’s what. Believe it or not, the sons of the renowned Gruet Champagne house have managed to milk the microclimates of New Mexico for everything they're worth, resulting in some outrageous value sparklers. The Blanc de Noirs is creamy, perfectly fruity, and beyond affordable.
Crémant de Bourgogne Moissenet-Bonnard NV: $25
As a general rule, Crémant-style bubbly is about as close as you can get to Champagne, but at about half the cost. Made in the same way and with the same grapes, this delicate and balanced Crémant de Bourgogne is not only a killer value, it’s just downright delicious. Buy one for a gift, and one for yourself.