Although I have proclaimed my undying love of Champagne in the past, I do think alternatives don't get nearly as much airtime as they should. Very legitimate sparkling wines that lack the Champagne label are sometimes perceived as low quality substitutes.

This should not be the case.

Yes, sparkling wines are often a less expensive option than Champagne, but price does not always equal quality. Prosecco, Cava, Cremant, Sekt and other sparkling wines should not be mistaken as lame wannabes - they are different in style, they can be delicious in their own right, and they often make an excellent choice for many dishes and occasions.

If I haven't bored you yet and you are wondering how these sparkling wines are different, let me tell you.
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