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Nothing says it’s a celebration like Champagne. Since the discovery of Méthode Champenoise, or the Champagne method, it’s grown to become the premier sparkling wine. The first thing you should know about Champagne is that the wine, by definition, must be made in the Champagne region of France. That means many favorite brands like Moët, Veuve Clicquot, and Dom Perignon are all produced in the same area.

Sparkling wines are also produced throughout the globe but cannot be called Champagne. The most common of these purchased in the United States are Prosecco, made in Italy, Cava made in Spain, and a variety of sparkling wines made in a few states.

Unlike wine, sparkling wine is classified by its sugar levels, ranging from Brut Nature (bone dry) to Extra Dry (less dry) to Doux (sweet).

With this classification in mind, let’s dive into a flute of the most popular of these celebrator and decadent sparkling wines.

France – Champagne

Mailly Grand Cru Extra Brut Millesime, 2012
    Extra Brut with green apple & biscuit notes

Dom Perignon, 2010
    Brut with citrus & berry notes

Laurent Perrier Rosé
     Dry with red fruit & floral notes

Veuve Clicquot Demi Sec Champagne
     Demi Sec with peach & vanilla notes

GH Mumm Grand Cordon Brut NV
     Brut with toast & dried fruit notes

Piper Heidsieck Extra Dry
    Demi Sec with citrus & biscuit notes

Champagne Coligny Pere & Fils Brut Rosé
    Demi Sec with peach & vanilla notes

Champagne Altair Etoile Or
    Dry with blackberry & strawberry notes

Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut
    Brut with dry pineapple & biscuit notes

France – Sparkling Wine

St Reine Blanc de Blancs Brut Sparkling
     Brut with cream & apple notes

Italy – Prosecco

Rebuli Prosecco
    Dry with fruity, pear & lemon notes

Mionetto Prosecco Rosé
    Extra dry with clean & fruity notes

Stella Rosa Imperiale Rosso LUX
    Doux with berry & cherry notes

La Marca Prosecco
Brut with apple & floral notes

ReLusso Rosso Frizzante
    Doux with red berry notes

Martini & Rossi Asti
    Doux with peach & honey notes

Spain – Cava

Segura Viudas Brut Heredad Reserva
    Brut with brioche, lemon & smoke notes

Conde De Caralt Brut NV Cava
    Brut with green apple & citrus notes

Freixenet Ice Cuvee
    Demi Sec with pear, peach & apple notes

Berberana Gran Tradicion Semi Seco Cava
    Demi Sec with citrus & fruity notes

United States – Sparkling Wine

United States – Sparkling Wine

Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Vintage
    Brut with green apple, pear & citrus notes

Great Western Extra Dry
    Brut with citrus, apple & pear notes

Andre Extra Dry
    Extra Brut with fruity & sweet notes

Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Alternatives

Martinelli Sparkling Cider
     Pressed from 100% U.S. grown fresh apples with just the right amount of bubbles and no chemical preservatives.

St. Regis Non-Alcoholic Brut
    Fresh, crisp, and toasty with tree fruit nuances on the nose and palate.

Rondel Zero Non-Alcoholic Cava
    Fruity aromas lead into fine bubbles with zesty notes of apple and citrus flavors.

St. Regis Non-Alc Nosecco/Secco
    Well balanced and structured, it is marked by intense fruit notes, including nutmeg and delicate white flowers.

Freixenet Sparkling Alcohol Removed
    This is the one of the most popular wines from Catalonia [Catalunya].

“Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!” ~ Dom Perignon