The rest of the world's answer to champagne
If, like Madame Bollinger, you like to drink champagne on as many occasions as you can, Traditional Method wines will expand your repertoire. Most countries have their own special fizz, and they tend to be made using the same methods as champagne. Although not a glamourous title, Traditional Method refers to the techniques used to make the fizz. So Traditional Method wines mostly act just like champagne. The country they come from dictates their flavour palate, wines from cooler countries (like England) tend to be drier and lighter and those from warmer climates (like California) are more likely to be richer. Look out for English sparkling wines which rival champagne for elegance and finesse and the Italian Franciacorta for an interesting alternative. Cremant from France is also made in the same way and tends to be great value.