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!

2nd place
chandon.com

One judge called this sparkler "sophisticated and distinctive" and compared it to Riesling, since it works with lots of different foods. It has just a hint of sweetness and a long finish, meaning the flavor lingers even after you've swallowed.

TASTING NOTES: Peach, nectarine, honey, and apricot all came through for our tasters.
FUN FACT: Acclaimed Chandon winemaker Tom Tiburzi used to be a microbiologist who made vino in his garage.
PRICE: $22

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