Sparkling wine has always been about summer for me. It's just more fun to drink when the weather is warm, plus there are all those weddings and graduation parties. Bubbly is also one of the most versatile wines with the lighter foods of summer like chicken and seafood.
It's a boom time for sparkling wine right now. Domestic sparkling wine consumption should be up 7 percent to 8 percent in 2014, according to Impact Databank, a sister publication of Wine Spectator. The holiday season still accounts for up to 40 percent of sales, but business is increasingly year-round.
Here's a handful of my favorite new wines that sell for $50 or less. WineSpectator.com subscribers can read more detailed reviews by clicking on the links.
Chandon Rosé Sonoma-Napa Counties Étoile NV (91 points, $50)
Sleek but richly structured with dusty rose, raspberry notes.
Ferrer Brut Sonoma County Sonoma NV (90, $22)
A festive sparkler and one of my go-to values.
Iron Horse Wedding
Cuvée Green Valley of Russian River Valley 2010 (91,
A serious bubbly but fun to drink with lively and floral raspberry flavors.
California NV (84, $14)
Good quaff that's ideal for big summer celebrations.
Estate Brut Rosé Anderson Valley NV (90, $29)
Floral and vibrant with raspberry and spicy red apple notes.
What are your go-to summer sparkling wines?