Best American Sparkling Wines

Best American Sparkling Wines

The Top Sparkling Wines in the U.S.

Champagne may be the king of bubbly but America has a vibrant sparkling wine industry. In fact, we’d put the good old U.S.A. number two behind France as our favorite sparkling wine-producing nation. GAYOT’s list of the Best American Sparkling Wines celebrates the diversity of America’s fairly young, but impressive, sparkling wine industry.

Not only does our list showcase the best California has to offer but we’re featuring wines from regions including the Finger Lakes, Long Island and even Michigan. You might be surprised to discover the depth of talent the American sparkling wine industry has to offer.



> To discover more great American sparkling wines, be sure to check out GAYOT’s lists of Best Rosé Sparkling Wines and Best Sweet Sparkling Wines.


1. 2011 Domaine Carneros Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs

2011 Domaine Carneros Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs

Origin: Carneros, California
Varietal: Chardonnay
Price: $115 for 750 ml
ABV: 12%

After our introduction, it might come as a surprise that the first wine on our list comes from the Champagne house of Taittinger. Domaine Carneros is the famed Champagne producer’s American winery. Although the house may have been started by the French, Le Rêve, as well as all the Domaine Carneros sparkling wines, is made by American winemaker Eileen Crane.





It’s easy to see why the 2011 tops our list of the Best American Sparkling Wines. Aromas of white flowers, fresh-squeezed lemon and a hint of smoke will intrigue you. On the palate, this wine is intense. Honey, crème fraîche and citrus hit your palate with great weight. Toward the finish it evolves to vanilla flan, which lingers deliciously with great length.

For more information, visit the Domaine Carneros official website. 


2. 2004 Schramsberg J. Schram

2004 Schramsberg J. Schram

Origin: North Coast, California
Varietal: 85% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir
Price: $110 for 750 ml
ABV: 12.5%

Schramsberg is the Napa Valley’s oldest sparkling wine house, having produced its first Blanc de Blancs in 1965. J. Schram is their Prestige wine. It represents only about 3% of Schramsberg’s production and uses the very best lots from the best vintage years.





The 2004 was one of those sparkling wines that hadn’t quite hit its stride yet when it was released, but now the wine shines with an incredible depth of aromas and flavors. The nose offers all the best aromas of a crisp, autumn day with green apple, poached pear, honey, spice and a hint of toast. It offers layers of flavor, zesty, foamy richness on the tongue and a mineral note on the finish.

For more information, visit the Schramsberg official website.


3. 2011 Roederer Estate L’Ermitage

2011 Roederer Estate L’Ermitage

Origin: Anderson Valley, California
Varietal: 52% Chardonnay, 48% Pinot Noir
Price: $48 for 750 ml
ABV: 12%





Another California sparkling wine estate, Roederer is located in the Anderson Valley. It’s the American winery of Champagne house Roederer. Among the wines Roederer produces in the Anderson Valley, L’Ermitage is the house’s tête de cuvee and it was an easy pick for our list of the Best American Sparkling Wines.

One of the hallmarks of L’Ermitage is texture. It is known as one of the finest-textured sparkling wines in the world and the 2011 is no exception. An impressively persistent mousse hints at the wine’s steady stream of pinpoint-sized bubbles. It’s nicely balanced with delicious bread dough and spice notes offset by crisp apple fruit.

For more information, visit the Roederer Estate official website. 


4. 2010 Frank Family Vineyards Lady Edythe Reserve Brut

2010 Frank Family Vineyards Lady Edythe Reserve Brut





Origin: Carneros, California
Varietal: 52% Chardonnay, 48% Pinot Noir
Price: $110 for 750 ml
ABV: 12%

Frank Family Vineyards was founded in 1992 by former Disney President Rich Frank. The winery is known for both still and sparkling wines. All of Frank Family’s sparkling wines are vintage wines but Lady Edythe is their Prestige blend.

The 2010 Lady Edythe is a sparkling wine like no other. An incredibly complex wine, it offers citrus and sweet pastry dough aromas. On the palate, there’s crisp apple, freshly baked bread, lime and tangerine freshness with roasted hazelnuts and grapefruit zest at the back.

For more information, visit the Frank Family Vineyards website. 


5. 2008 Sparkling Pointe Seduction Brut

2008 Sparkling Pointe Seduction Brut

Origin: North Fork, New York
Varietal: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Price: $68 for 750 ml
ABV: 12.5%

If you don’t know Sparkling Pointe, you need to discover this Long Island winery, especially if sparkling wine is your “thing.” Considered the leader in North Fork sparkling wines, it’s a member of the Long Island sustainable winegrowers and their 2008 Seduction was an easy choice for our list of the Best American Sparkling Wines.

Aromas of toasted almonds, apples and pastry hint at the wine’s layers of flavor. It’s a concentrated wine with lively bubbles that roll the flavor across your tongue. Almonds, tangerine, French bread, grapefruit zest and a hint of vanilla fill the senses, with the surprise of an almost salty note near the finish.

For more information, visit the Sparkling Pointe official website. 


6. 2007 Gloria Ferrer Carneros Cuvée Late Disgorged

2007 Gloria Ferrer Carneros Cuvée Late Disgorged

Origin: Carneros, California
Varietal: 55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay
Price: $80 for 750 ml
ABV: 12.5%

Gloria Ferrer was the first sparkling wine house established in Carneros. In addition to sparkling wines, the house produces still Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs, but the Carneros Cuvée is what is considered to be the Gloria Ferrer signature wine.

Like many of the wines on this list, the Carneros Cuvée is only produced in select vintage years. It offers crisp fall fruit flavors on the nose. Its flavors offer layers of savory and sweet. Fruit notes include red apple and plum with lemon acidity, but underneath the fruit sweetness there’s brioche, citrus rind and minerality on the finish.

For more information, visit the Gloria Ferrer official website. 


7. 2015 Iron Horse Ocean Réserve

2015 Iron Horse Ocean Réserve

Origin: Green Valley, California
Varietal: Chardonnay
Price: $54 for 750 ml
ABV: 13.5%

Iron Horse is a small, family-run winery in Sonoma County’s Green Valley, known for its sparkling wines. Although Iron Horse produces many fine examples of American bubbly, this wine makes our list as much for how beautifully it represents the American sparkling wine industry as it does for its distinctly Californian flavors. Ocean is a wine made in the spirit of giving. For every bottle sold, Iron Horse donates $4 to National Geographic’s Ocean Initiative.

The 2015 is an interesting expression of its terroir. Wildflower aromas make you feel as though you’re standing on a Californian hillside. Flavors reiterate the sense of place with notes of apple, Meyer lemon and hints of wild herbs. A minerality lingers, making the palate long for the next sip.

For more information, visit the Iron Horse Vineyards official website.


8. NV Mumm Napa Brut Prestige

NV Mumm Napa Brut Prestige

Origin: Napa, California
Varietal: 45% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Gris/Pinot Meunier
Price: $24 for 750 ml
ABV: 12.5%

Mumm Napa was founded by Champagne’s G. H. Mumm. The house produces many sparkling wines but considers the Brut Prestige to be their flagship wine.

This wine makes our list of the Best American Sparkling Wines because of its great value for money. It’s as beautifully made as many of the vintage sparkling wines on this list, yet it retails for under $25. It offers citrus aromas with hints of lemongrass and vanilla cookie. It has a nice weight on the palate with apple, hints of honey, sweet, toasted oak and vanilla.

For more information, visit the Mumm Napa official website. 


9. 2009 Lamoreaux Landing Finger Lakes Brut

2009 Lamoreaux Landing Finger Lakes Brut

Origin: Finger Lakes, New York
Varietal: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Price: $25 for 750 ml
ABV: 11.2%

Lamoreaux Landing is one of America’s most “earth conscious” sparkling wine houses, and they consider their environmental management practices to be at the core of the house’s identity. In addition to sparkling wines, Lamoreaux Landing produces reds, white and sweet still wines.

The 2009 Finger Lakes Brut offers a plush texture with notes of crème fraîche. Vanilla and bread dough notes are offset by citrus freshness that carries through from the aroma to the finish.

For more information, visit the Lamoreaux Landing official website. 


10. NV L. Mawby Blanc de Blancs

NV L. Mawby Blanc de Blancs

Origin: Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan
Varietal: Chardonnay
Price: $25 for 750 ml
ABV: 11%

If you weren’t aware that fine sparkling wines could be made in Michigan, prepare yourself for a pleasant surprise. L. Mawby is Michigan’s oldest — but not the state’s only — sparkling wine house.

L. Mawby’s Blanc de Blancs makes our list of the Best American Sparkling Wines because of its bright freshness. The wine offers aromas of crisp apples and autumn spice. There’s an underlying minerality on the palate that keeps the wine interesting. Flavors of ripe pear, apple and Meyer lemon are rounded out with a lemon zest note at the finish.

For more information, visit the L. Mawby official website.