Sparkling wine feels fancy, no matter the occasion. It’s both delicate and complex, ideal for savoring before a nice meal or fueling an all-night celebration. Champagne, a regional designation within France, carries the most prestige — and the highest price tag. But there are plenty of affordable bubbles worthy of a toast, especially Italian Prosecco and Spanish Cava.
Shopping for bubbly is easy in D.C. Area bars and wine shops offer bottles to fit just about any budget, whether that’s $10 or $1,000. Value and inventory are solid at neighborhood markets like Calvert Woodley and Planet Wine, both of which offer online ordering with delivery or pickup. And wine-focused beverage programs at Maxwell Park, Officina and similar spots are stacked with unique bubbly of all sorts, with food as an added bonus. Be on the lookout for some to-go discounts, too.
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