Ten selfless editors abandoned their computers and spent an afternoon tasting a dozen affordable bubblies. Their picks are toast-worthy and pair well with everything from hors d'oeuvres to cake. Cheers!

A demi sec is moderately sweet, and this fresh-tasting wine—our overall fave—has a delicious balance of fruity flavors and acidity.

TASTING NOTES: Though sweet, it's still dry and easy to drink (one taster called it "super-smooth"), with hints of green apple, pineapple, and minerals.
FUN FACT: In 1983, winemaker Gilbert Gruet fell in love with New Mexico during a visit and relocated his wine business there from Champagne, France.
PRICE: $13.75

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