By Les Kincaid
We know that for Champagne to be authentic, it has to come from a certain region of France. What other types of sparkling wines are out there? Sparkling wine has many different names, depending on where it is grown. We have domestic bubbly from cooler climates in the U.S., Cava from Spain, Prosecco or Franciacorta from Italy, Crémant and Champagne from France, Sekt from Austria and Germany, bubbly in Australia in addition to many, many others.
What should we look for when we’re buying bubbly? Most importantly, you should drink what you like. Then you can think about price, region, style, and brand. It all depends on your objective: are you entertaining a large group, or just the two of you? Maybe you should save a little money and serve Crémant. Are you buying a bottle as a gift for a boss? Perhaps a Grand Marques (Champagne from an established larger house) is more appropriate. The most important thing to recognize is that anything with bubbles should be under consideration throughout the entire year not just a holiday or special occasion.
Whether you plan on bubbly before, during, or after a meal, it can be refreshingly pleasant anytime.