INGREDIENTS

Buyer's guide

In general, the higher the price you pay for your champagne, the better it will taste. Although there are some good value mid-priced champagnes around, the very cheapest champagnes can be poor value - you may end up paying for the name 'Champagne' but getting a mouthful of wine that tastes rough and sharp.

Sparkling wines from New World wine-producing countries are a good substitute for Champagne. They're vivacious with big bubbles, tropical fruit flavours and a creamy finish and are a good choice if you want something better-than-average but would rather not spend a fortune on premium champagne. Alternatively, cava is produced in the same meticulous way as champagne, and is just as reliable (although the local Spanish grapes tend to give a much more simple, neutral style of wine).

Storage

Store in a cool cellar or the fridge.

Preparation

Serve well chilled.

Typically made with champagne

Other sparkling wine