I like wine. Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that. And I like Champagne in particular. But there's something very basic that I've learned. I can drink really low quality red wine - and, okay, I know there's much better stuff out there but even lower level red is enjoyable. White wine? Different story. It's well worth spending a few extra dollars - you'll be rewarded. Now, back to Champagne. There is no such thing as cheap Champagne. If it's cheap, it's sparkling wine. And there's no such thing as American Champagne! Nothing great with bubbles comes out of California. Sorry CA, just a fact.