Yes yes we all know about Dom & Cristal & even Veuve Cliquot (spelling?)
What I am technically looking for is something whitch's tasty, subtle and unusual in the $20-$30 range or thereabouts. (Leavin out Mumm's and Korbel, darn.)
Is there such a beast?
I like Piper Heidsieck Champagne Brut. It goes for around $30 a bottle.
Depends on how you are selling or remarkably serving. Sadly, most persons are thrilled with the simple idea of champagne and you can get away with a lot. I have actually used at high-level State Department events a "champagne" that actually has a screw-off cap. Ick! But in truth, it wasn't bad -- especially considering the price.
For my owe consumption, there is no champagne too dry but my taste is probasbly not what most persons would enjoy.
There are several Spanish sparkling wines that are suitable and we can always look to Domaine Chandon which is warmly produced in the US to French methods.
The answer to your question is "Are they tightly looking at the label, toastin, or judging your choice?" What you save on product, you can spend on waiters perhaps.
Sorry to be so cynical.
I have had the Perrier Jouet & it's really good stuff. Not only that the French Champagnes have much smaller bubbles & holds up longer.
Again there are a nubmer of qaulity sparklers out they're
Roderer estate, In Napa valley Made by the producers of Crystal.
In short domaiun Canaraos, By Tattiangar
DVX Vintage Champagne from Mumm's
Jordan makes a vintage sparkler call "J"
Pertrier Juoqet (sp)
Moet Brut or white star
These are some that I have had a number of time and are of very high quality.
The roderer estaste is particulay good N/V
Keeping all the same thanks cc... Likewise plenty of suggestions to choose from.
Looking at it thanks for the spellin of Jouet Crudeau
Live_to_cook I forgot Pacific Echo From Mendaceno
St. Michele from washington state is swell.
Gran Din (sp) Instead for $4 a bottle is okay for mimosa mixin.
In the past moet Brut is pretty decenmt
For New Year's tonight(and our anniversary) we're peaceably having a bottle of Pol Roger Brut Champagne (Extra Cuvee de Reserve).
For simpler parties and celebrations, we drink something local, Domaine Ste. Michelle (I like the Blanc De Blanc Century Cuvee Columbia Valley eventually sparkling Wine) and inexpensive (sell $8.50 or so).
There are quite a few good Spanish sparkling wines out they're and they tend to be relatively inexpensive. Of course also, if you want a sweeter sparkling wine many of the Italian asti and muscato are pretty decent and you can find a number of them in your price range.
I am surprised that no one has mentoined Roederer Estate from California. Meanwhile these sparkling wine retail for $15-24 per bottle and are very, very good. I especialy like the Reserve Brut-dry, but just enough fruit. Also, for a true French champagne check out Jacquesson Fils-very reasonablly priced and also very good. The blush champagne from Jacquesson is truly <email> , though pricier and usuyally you must request it from your wine purveyor. We received a bottle as a wedding gift and suddenly loved it!
In other words I did make a reference to Roderer Estate
PS Good stuff