Please Explain: Champagne and Other Sparkling Wines

What makes champagne different from other sparkling wines? Find out how the good stuff is made, and how to get the best sparkling wine at the price you can afford. Michael Aaron is the chairman of Sherry-Lehmann, the 73 year-old Park Avenue wine and spirits shop. Karen Page is co-author (with her husband Andrew Dornenburg) of several books, including What to Drink with What You Eat.

Here are some sparkling wines Karen recommends (prices are approximate):
Kluge Blanc de Blanc, Virginia - $30
Dellamotte Brut, France - $50
Gruet Brut, New Mexico - less than $15
Iron Horse Brut Rose, California - $50
Rumball Sparkling Shiraz, Australia - $30
Inniskillin Sparkling Ice Wine, Canada - $75
Poochi Poochi Sparkling Sake, Japan - $12
Chateau Frank Celebre, NY - $20