Bubbly on a Budget: Money-Saving Tips for Buying Champagne

Never fear - you don't have to splurge on Dom Perignon to celebrate in style. Check out our roundup of fabulous, cheap champagne and sparkling wine that won't bust your budget (11 Photos)

Maggie Shi on Dec 27, 2012 at 10:21AM

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Bubbly on a Budget: Money-Saving Tips for Buying Champagne

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First, the basics: Anything officially called "champagne" must be made in the Champagne region of France. In the traditional method of making champagne, grapes—Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier, or any combination of the three—are turned into still wine, then bottled with a small dose of sugar and yeast and capped. In the bottle, the yeast eats the sugar and produces carbon dioxide, which has nowhere to go. "So what happens is it gets absorbed in the wine, and that is where the bubbles come from," explains Geniesse.

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