Ride Out the Possible Champagne Shortage With These Bubbly Alternatives

Featuring our very own Jessica Norris, Director of Wine Education for Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group

California’s wine counties—Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara—have produced popular sparkling wines for decades, but the American West generally has more intriguing wine regions from Washington to the Mexican border. Gruet, one of the country’s largest producers of champenoise wine, is not based in California, for example, but in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “It must be mentioned that France has taken notice of American success with sparklings and many of the major Champagne houses now have American outposts,” says Jessica Norris, wine director at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in New York. “While Champagne still claims top-stop for ultimate quality and therefore price, American competition is closing the gap.”

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