Over the past year, I’ve grown to love a nice glass of bubbly! When I initially started my blog I started following Carla Alwill Leyba and her brand The Champagne Diet. Carla’s mindset was that you can eat healthy and still indulge in your beverage of choice. Her’s was champagne! In a nutshell, Carla talked a lot about healthy living, elevating your lifestyle, and creating a life that you desire.
After learning from The Champagne Diet that a glass of champagne has only 95 calories, I was sold. I loved the bubbly taste and figured I could cut calories in other areas. Now it was time to find a brand that wouldn’t hurt my pockets. I always thought champagne was only for special occasions because it was expensive. Wrong! I found out there are so many options out there that are reasonably priced. Plus, if you just like the bubbly aspect of champagne but, don’t necessarily like the taste, you can always try alternatives such as Rosé, Prosecco or Cava. Yes, just because it’s bubbly doesn’t mean it’s technically champagne! I’ll break the differences down for you right quick.
Champagne is a sparkling wine that actually comes from the Champagne region of France. Rosé is a type of wine that is made using the skin and juices of red grapes. This is how it gets the pretty blush, pink color. Prosecco is an Italian sparkling white wine and is made from the Glera grape. I personally think it has a more fruitier taste than Champagne. Cava is a sparkling wine from Spain made with native grapes like Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada.
Usually when I’m trying to get in a creative mood or just want to feel fancy, I love to pour a glass of bubbly. I don’t drink it everyday, but when I do it makes my evening feel elevated. I thought I’d share a few brands that are good and won’t break your budget. So you can feel glam and fancy too!
Rose Mistinguett-$11 (If you see me drinking in my stories, this is usually what I’m having at home! This brand is sold in Charlotte, NC at Rhino Market. I believe the Spain-based company is fairly new so I had trouble finding them online in the states. I would check your smaller, boutique style stores for this brand. )
Luc Belaire Rose-$30
Freixenet Cordon Negro Cava Brut-$10
Chandon Brut Classic-$16
Barefoot Bubbly Brut Sparkling Wine-$9
Also, don’t forget that many expensive brands offer mini bottles. The popular but, more expensive Moet & Chandon has mini bottles. They range from $15-$18 for a split. A bottle of Moet can easily cost $60. Veuve Clicquot is my favorite brand of champagne and they also have mini bottles for $30 compared to $70+ for a normal sized bottle.