Champagne Week #2 - NV Maison JJ Vincent Crémant de Bourgogne
Continuing the winning trend - and amping the argument that Champagne ought to be enjoyed more often than it is - is this French (but still not really Champagne) bubbly.
(Full disclosure: This wine was received as a press sample.) This Burgundian example is made from 100% Chardonnay - and it shows. Even if it isn't from the Champagne region, this is the epitome of French bubbly: refined and elegant. Full flavored with a dab more fruit than most Bruts, there's a lot that's easy to like about this unequivocal crowd pleaser, not the least of which is the price point. $20
Drink this one when you're having people over for dinner. Serve it before dinner with finger food of any kind - it'll stand up to it - and set the tone for a fun evening.