When Things Get Bubbly: The Etiquette of Champagne and Sparkling Wine


Champagne and sparkling wine are beverages that evoke thoughts of celebration, success, luxury, love and romance. During the holidays, these pleasant associations are even stronger, especially since these beverages have different levels of sweetness. A hostess can use wine as an aperitif or a versatile accompaniment to hors d’oeuvres such as salty nuts, cheese, lightly-spiced fish, Asian dishes, strawberries and more.

Only sparkling wine from the Champagne region in France may legally be called Champagne — others must be called sparkling wine, prosecco, or cava. But that doesn’t diminish their deliciousness or their popularity.

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