Mike Steinberger, one of my favorite Wine Columnists, explores Champagne and it’s American counterpart, sparkling white wine, in his latest column on Slate.
Mike recommends sticking with the USA for bargain bubble and going for the French product if you budget allows it. One of my favorites from France is Champagne Philipponnat Royale Reserve Brut for around $35 USD [Website]. It’s a great bottle with a wonderful yeasty, baked bread characteristic. The finish is refreshing and crisp and very well structured.