Champagne has always been there with us when we’ve clinked our glasses to toast. Or was it really Champagne? Chances are, it wasn’t. True Champagne comes from the Champagne region in France and is made using a method where a second fermentation occurs in the bottle (creating the bubbles). There are many different sparkling wines that make awesome Champagne alternatives for their quality and their price tag, and some are even made using the same method as Champagne.

Here are a few of our favorite bubblies, and unless stated otherwise, they are all made using the Champagne method.

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Written by Raoul Segarra, General Manager & Wine Director at North Square Restaurant

Raoul Segarra has been working with spirits for over 15 years. A seasoned sommelier, Segarra has worked at Keens, Judson Grill, and Jean-Georges, under the direction of great sommeliers-mentors who noticed and nurtured his talent. In 2004, he joined the Beanstalk Group (The Red Cat, The Mermaid Inn, The Harrison, Pace) as Wine and Beverage Director, where he put his creativity and love for finding a lesser known region or wine at a great price to work. Raoul brings this philosophy to the wine list at North Square, which features over 110 wines from 15 countries, 65 priced at less than $50.