Although there seems to be an obsession with the wine produced in the Champagne region of France, there are other options for good sparkling wine. It seems that around the world there have been attempts to imitate the wine produced in Champagne by mimicking style and using similar varietals (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier). Recently we have seen a rise in popularity among neighboring country Sparklers such as Cava in Spain and Prosecco in Italy because of their affordability in comparison.
One area I feel has been overlooked is in France itself. Almost all the wine producing regions of France produce some sort of Sparkling option. Often times you will see the word “cremant” in front of the region it is from as a designation. For example, “Cremant de Alsace” is Sparkling wine from Alsace; which also happens to be the second largest Sparkling producing region in France. These wines offer a high quality substitute to Champagne and usually without the price tag. A few other regions that are worth mentioning are Cremant de Loire, Cremant de Jura and Cremant de Bourgogne. Most of these regions will use whatever grapes are typical to the still wine production. The next time you are thinking of Sparkling wines and think Champagne is a little out of range, check out some of these less recognized regions and I think you will be pleasantly surprised.