While the Champagne region
in France may have a lock on the name, there are many other areas that produce
top quality sparkling wines.
they're called sparkling wines. Italians sayProsecco or Spumante ("foaming"). In German it's Sekt.
Besides champagne, France produces
quite a few amazing sparkling wines, Vins Mousseux, that
are grown and produced in regions other than Champagne. A number of other
European counties have some extremely tasty offerings, as well.
In addition, California and
New York, Australia, and even the British Isles have begun making
quite a few 'sparklers' with their own production of bubbly wines.
Around the Web, get more information about how sparkling wines are produced, a bit of related history, along with more on popular food pairings...
More information about sparkling wines around the Web:
5 Facts to Know About Sparkling Wine - Here'a nice, compact introduction to the topic including a short history, taste descriptions - from brut to extra sweet - and tips on food pairing.