Leah: Hey, girl, did you have a great week? Sorry to text you so late, but I need bubbly recommendations.
Me: I’m up. First off, what is your budget?
Leah: I need a few bottles to ring in the New Year, plus my 2020 goal is to keep my bar stocked 24/7 for impromptu happenings. So, nothing over $100.
Me: Cool on the price range. Very doable. What type of bubbly?
Leah: I have no idea what you mean. I walk inside my local wine shop and buy the least-expensive wine bottle in front of me.
Me: Girl, yes. Give me a minute, and I’ll send you some suggestions. For now, here are my picks for American sparkling wines and champagnes. I’ve included high and low choices.
Leah: Have you tried the bottles?
Me: Always! All six bottles have touched my lips. The first three recommendations are from the Champagne region of France. Everything else is a sparkling wine, but not technically champagne. Sparkling means any wine with carbonated bubbles -- Champagne is about where it’s from and how it was made. Next time we chat, we’ll go a bit deeper about methods. For now, all you need to remember is the price, denomination of origin, and taste.