Champagne is a classic sparkling wine, made under strict quality controls in the French region of Champagne, which has become well-known as the perfect special wine for any kind of celebration or landmark event. There are four methods of creating sparkling wines: the Méthode Champenoise (also called the ”traditional method”), the Transfer Method, the Charmat Bulk Process, or Gas Injection. The quality of the finished product drops as you move down that list.


Fine sparkling wines are made all over the United States, from New York to California. The first American Sparkler was "Great Western,", from the Great Western Wine Company in New York. These domestic sparklers are usually crisp and complex with a refreshing mouth feel. Most have good fruit flavor, and a nice finish. Some of the best Champagne houses, such as Moet Chandon, have decided to buy land in California to produce sparkling wines from the various grapes found in the region. Even though there's still a lot to be said for Champagne of the more traditional variety, it is most certainly worth trying all kinds of sparkling wines and seeing which one you like the best!