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Liquid Caviar: Sparkling Red Wine

Sparkling red wines used to be the laughing stock of the wine world but now they are turning up on some very classy wine lists.Despite their purported return to popularity, many of these sparkling reds are still quite affordable at less than $15.

Here are the top 3 styles and what to expect in terms of taste. Also, at the bottom you’ll find a few other interesting red bubbles that are harder to find.

Lambrusco

If it’s not sweet, it’s secco!

Where it’s from: Emilia-Romagna, Italy Acidity: Medium+ -High Tannin: Low-Medium Body: Light – Medium Alcohol: 10.5-11.5% Sweetness: Dry – Sweet

Brachetto d’Acqui

The best darn red wine to pair with chocolate

Where it’s from: Piedmont, Italy Acidity: Medium+ -High Tannin: Low Body: Light Alcohol: 5.5-6% Sweetness: Sweet

Sparkling Shiraz

Yes, you can have red wine for breakfast !

Where it’s from: Australia Acidity: Medium Tannin: Medium+ Body: Medium Alcohol: 12.5% Sweetness: Off-Dry

Sparkling Red Wine: Other More Rare Options

Here are a few other types of sparkling red wines that are much harder to find. The majority of red bubbly appears to come from Italy: Aglianico Spumante Rosso: Sweet Floral and Raspberry flavors. (Campania & Basilicata) Barbera Frizzante: Sweet Raspberries, Licorice and Fennel. (Italy) Freisa di Chieri: Sweet Violets and Raspberries. Freisa is found in Piedmont and often blended with Brachetto. (Piedmont, Italy) Sangue di Giuda dell’Oltrepo Pavese: Sweet grapey and soda-like. This is a blend of the local varieties including Barbera, Croatina, Uva Rara and Pinot Noir among others. (Lombardy, Italy) Bonarda dell’Oltrepò Pavese Frizzante: Plum and Peppery and is sometimes quite dry. (Lombardy, Italy) Zweigelt Sekt: cherry, plum and herbs with a slightly bitter finish. (Austria)

More info: Wine folly