With flavors shading from citrus fruit to ripe pear, this elegant wine—against which all other sparkling wines are judged—comes only from the French region of the same name. It’s made with varying percentages of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Fruitier and simpler than Champagne, this peachy northern Italian sparkler (made mainly from the Glera grape) offsets what it lacks in complexity with cheery, all-purpose approachability.
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The classic sparkling wine of Spain is made by the same method as Champagne, but uses native Spanish varieties. It typically has hints of green apple and lime, with earthy notes.