List Page Learn About Content Graphic

Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Learn about Champagne & sparkling wine — the range of styles, how it’s made and more ...

undefined, null

What are the different types of Champagne and sparkling wine?

Beloved for its lively bubbles, sparkling wine is the ultimate beverage for any festivity, whether it's a major celebration or a mere merrymaking of nothing much! Sparkling wine is made throughout the winemaking world, but only can be called “Champagne” if it comes from the Champagne region of France and is made using what is referred to as the "traditional method." Other regions have their own specialties—Crémant in other parts of France, Cava in Spain and Prosecco in Italy, to name a few. New World regions like California, Australia and New Zealand enjoy the freedom to make many styles, with production methods and traditions defined locally. In a dry style, Champagne and sparkling wine goes with just about any type of food. Sweet styles are not uncommon and among both dry and sweet, you'll find white, rosé—or even red!—examples.

How is Champagne and sparkling wine made?

Champagne, Crémant, Cava and many other sparkling wines of the world are made using the traditional method, in which the second fermentation (the one that makes the bubbles) takes place inside the bottle. With this method, spent yeast cells remain in contact with the wine during bottle aging, giving it a creamy mouthful, toasted bread or brioche qualities and in many cases, the capacity to age. For Prosecco, the carbonation process usually occurs in a stainless steel tank (before bottling) to preserve the fresh fruity and floral aromas imminent in this style.

What gives Champagne and sparkling wine its bubbles?

The bubbles in sparkling wine are formed when the base wine undergoes a secondary fermentation, which traps carbon dioxide inside the bottle or fermentation vessel.

How do you serve Champagne and sparkling wine?

Ideally for storing Champagne and sparkling wine in any long-term sense, they should be at cellar temperature, about 55F. For serving, cool Champagne and sparkling wine down to about 40F to 50F. (Most refrigerators are colder than this.) As for drinking Champagne and sparkling wine, the best glasses have a stem and flute or tulip shape to allow the bead (bubbles) to show.

How long does Champagne and sparkling wine last?

Most sparkling wines like Prosecco, Cava or others around the “$20 and under” price point are intended for early consumption. Wines made using the traditional method with extended cellar time before release can typically improve with age. If you are unsure, definitely consult a wine professional for guidance.

Filter by
161 Items
161 Items
  • Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut Front Label
    Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
    • D94
    • WW92
    • JS92
    • WS90
    • W&S90
    4.4 1254 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $59.97
    Try the
    59 97
    59 97
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose Front Label
    Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
    • CG96
    • D95
    • WE94
    • WS93
    • TP93
    • W&S92
    • JS92
    4.6 351 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $79.99
    Try the
    100
    79 99
    Save $20.01 (20%)
  • Dom Perignon Vintage with Gift Box 2010 Gift Product Image
    Dom Perignon Vintage with Gift Box 2010
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
    • JS98
    • WW96
    • WS96
    • D93
    4.5 70 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $199.97
    Try the
    199 97
    199 97
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut with Gift Box 2012  Gift Product Image
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut with Gift Box 2012
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
    • JS98
    • V98
    • WE98
    4.8 29 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $299.00
    Try the
    299
    299
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut Front Label
    Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
    • JS93
    • WS90
    • WE90
    • RP90
    • W&S90
    4.4 207 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $44.99
    Try the
    50
    44 99
    Save $5.01 (10%)
  • Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore  Front Label
    Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
    • WE94
    • WW91
    • JS91
    • W&S90
    4.0 696 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $19.99
    Try the
    19 99
    19 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Front Label
    Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
    • TP92
    • W&S90
    • WS90
    • D90
    4.5 312 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $49.97
    Try the
    49 97
    49 97
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs Front Label
    Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
    • WS93
    • JS93
    • WE92
    • RP90
    4.6 154 Ratings
    Currently Unavailable $89.99
    Try the
    89 99
    89 99
    Save $0.00 (0%)
  • La Marca Prosecco Front Label
    La Marca Prosecco
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
      4.2 1494 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $15.99
      Try the
      20
      15 99
      Save $4.01 (20%)
    • Louis Roederer Brut Premier Front Label
      Louis Roederer Brut Premier
      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
      • D94
      • JS93
      • WE92
      • WS92
      • RP92
      • WW92
      • JD91
      • W&S90
      • CG90
      4.3 209 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $49.99
      Try the
      54
      49 99
      Save $4.01 (7%)
    • Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
      Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut (375ML half-bottle)
      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
      • D94
      • WW92
      • JS92
      • WS90
      • W&S90
      4.5 205 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $34.97
      Try the
      34 97
      34 97
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Nicolas Feuillatte Reserve Exclusive Brut  Front Label
      Nicolas Feuillatte Reserve Exclusive Brut
      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
      • WS91
      • JS91
      4.2 412 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $38.99
      Try the
      38 99
      38 99
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Segura Viudas Cava Brut Front Label
      Segura Viudas Cava Brut
      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Penedes, Spain
      • W&S89
      • WW89
      4.0 565 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $12.99
      Try the
      12 99
      12 99
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Le Grand Courtage Blanc de Blancs Brut Front Label
      Le Grand Courtage Blanc de Blancs Brut
      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from France
      • TP92
      • WW91
      3.9 243 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $17.99
      Try the
      25
      17 99
      Save $7.01 (28%)
    • Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
      Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut (375ML half-bottle)
      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
      • JS93
      • WE90
      • WS90
      • W&S90
      • RP90
      4.2 65 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $24.99
      Try the
      24 99
      24 99
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Krug Grande Cuvee Brut (168th Edition) with Gift Box  Front Label
      Krug Grande Cuvee Brut (168th Edition) with Gift Box
      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
      • D96
      4.6 20 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $199.97
      Try the
      199 97
      199 97
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose Front Label
      Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose
      Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
      • W&S93
      • JS92
      • WS91
      • D90
      4.5 259 Ratings
      Currently Unavailable $69.97
      Try the
      69 97
      69 97
      Save $0.00 (0%)
    • Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top Brut Front Label
      Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top Brut
      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
        4.1 75 Ratings
        Currently Unavailable $34.99
        Try the
        40
        34 99
        Save $5.01 (13%)
      • Piper-Heidsieck Cuvee Brut Front Label
        Piper-Heidsieck Cuvee Brut
        Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
        • WS92
        • JD91
        • WE90
        • RP90
        4.3 233 Ratings
        Currently Unavailable $47.99
        Try the
        60
        47 99
        Save $12.01 (20%)
      • La Marca Prosecco (187ML Split) Front Label
        La Marca Prosecco (187ML Split)
        Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
          4.2 258 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $6.97
          Try the
          6 97
          6 97
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Ferrari Brut Front Label
          Ferrari Brut
          Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
          • WW91
          • JS90
          • WE90
          • WS90
          • V90
          4.1 132 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $23.99
          Try the
          28
          23 99
          Save $4.01 (14%)
        • Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore  Front Label
          Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
          Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
          • D92
          • WW91
          4.2 190 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $23.99
          Try the
          23 99
          23 99
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut Front Label
          Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut
          Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
          • WE93
          4.4 39 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $69.99
          Try the
          80
          69 99
          Save $10.01 (13%)
        • G.H. Mumm Brut Grand Cordon  Front Label
          G.H. Mumm Brut Grand Cordon
          Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
          • D92
          • JS91
          • WS91
          • WE90
          4.5 93 Ratings
          Currently Unavailable $44.99
          Try the
          44 99
          44 99
          Save $0.00 (0%)
        • Mionetto Prosecco Brut  Front Label
          Mionetto Prosecco Brut
          Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
            4.2 393 Ratings
            Currently Unavailable $14.99
            Try the
            14 99
            14 99
            Save $0.00 (0%)
          Sorry, we couldn't find any matches.

          Internet Explorer is no longer supported.
          Please use a different browser like Edge, Chrome or Firefox to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

          It's easy to make the switch.
          Enjoy better browsing and increased security.

          Yes, Update Now
          Cheers to You!

          New Customers! Save $20 off $100*. Code NEW2021

          New Customers! Save $20 off $100*. Code NEW2021

          There was an error redeeming your code.

          *New customers only. One-time use per customer. Order must be placed by 1/31/2021. The $20 discount is given for a single order with a minimum of $100 excluding shipping and tax. Items with pricing ending in .97 are excluded and will not count toward the minimum required. Discount does not apply to corporate orders, gift certificates, StewardShip membership fees, select Champagne brands, Riedel glassware, fine and rare wine, 187ML splits, Picked by Wine.com subscriptions, and all bottles 3.0 liters or larger. No other promotion codes, coupon codes or corporate discounts may be applied to order. Offer valid subject to state law limitations.

          Search for ""

          Processing Your Order...