With Mother’s Day this weekend, and springtime entertaining weather already here, it’s officially sparkling-wine season. Actually, that’s not totally accurate: It’s always sparkling wine season…it’s just that Mother’s Day always seems like a particularly perfect time to train a spotlight on these wines.
No matter what you enjoy them with—brunch with lox and bagels or frittatas, lunch of simple sandwiches, dinner ranging from grilled fish to a fully conceived barbecue—there is a sparkling wine out there that will work perfectly.
Here are seven sparkling-wine suggestions from both France and the United States, listed alphabetically, that will work well: They come in at a range of price points and styles, are relatively widely available, and will without a doubt bring a smile to the face of everyone fortunate to be poured a glass or three.
California State of Mind Wines Brut NV
Fascinating red berry and mint aromas turn to a palate more anchored in lees-aged savoriness than the nose implies, with cranberry and chalk alongside hints of brioche, graham cracker crust, tea, and lemon juice and pith, all of it finishing with a touch of pine-like freshness. Very good concentration, balance, and acidity. Excellent value at $32
Champagne Besserat de Bellefon Cuvée BB 1843
So rich and toasty on the nose, generous yet impeccably balanced, with aromas of fresh-baked baguette, apricot pastry creme, honey-graham cracker pie crust, sweet spice, and orange marmalade. This is just as gorgeous on the palate: Lemon marmalade, nectarine, yellow apple, hazelnuts steeped in honey, orange blossom, and warm brioche are zipped through with acidity, which carries it to a long and deeply memorable finish. Just released in the United States on May 1st. SRP: $299
Champagne Henriot Brut Souverain
A smokier, toastier style on the nose—the 36-plus months of aging on the lees have left a muscular impression—with persimmon, a hint of membrillo, and blood-orange pith, all turning to creamy flavors of mashed pear, baked apple, and nectarine. It’s all cut through with beautifully balanced acidity, and a hint of flowers peeks through it all. Two-thirds of the blend here is from Grand and Premier Cru villages. SRP: Approx. $45 – $50
Champagne Mod Sélection Brut Reserve NV
This shows a distinctly lemon-leaning nose, with chalky minerality and a hint of fresh-baked brioche: Crisp and refreshing aromatics, lifted by a touch of jasmine. On the palate, this is nicely concentrated, with warm butter against pronounced acidity, a touch of honey, lemon blossom, and lingering chalky minerality through the finish. Also worth noting, the packaging and bottle are beautiful in their own right. SRP: $300
Champagne Pommery Brut Royal
Crisp, vibrant nose, with a notable hint of spice to the toast, lemon flesh and pith aromas. The palate balances approachable depth with mouthwatering citrus flavors, and the tension between the earthier and more lifted fruit aspects provides an excellent sense of energy. Equally lovely as an aperitif or alongside foods. SRP: $59.99
Inman Family Brut Rosé OGV 2016
The nose here is spectacular, and could easily be mistaken for a great bottling from Champagne: Deep leesiness, sun-warmed strawberries, a hint of sweet spice to the dried rose petals, honey-graham crackers, and a bit of membrillo: I could smell this all day and be perfectly happy. On the palate, this strikes an amazing balance between crisp blood-orange acidity and rich depth, with mid-summer stone fruit, red cherries, flowers, and a slightly honeyed finish lending this charming, serious wine depth and length. One of the best American sparklers I’ve had this year. SRP: $68
Scharffenberger Brut Rosé Excellence
Loads of fresh cherries and strawberries are joined by a hint of orange pastry creme on the nose, and turn to a palate ebullient with red-berry fruit and cut through with notes of fresh-squeezed orange and pink grapefruit, ending with a touch of raspberries. Fresh, fun, and gulpably delicious. It’s an absolute steal with an SRP of $22.99.