Sparkling wines come from all over the world. But there's only one place for Champagne.

Sparkling wines come from all over the world. But there's only one place for Champagne.

The Champagne region of France bubbles year-round. These wines are available at many price points to celebrate.

Nonvintage Champagnes are very dependable choices; the vintage wines, especially from 1995 and 1996, are outstanding, followed a bit by the 1998s and 1999s.

Piper-Heidsieck Cuvee Brut ($35) is a nonvintage beauty, fresh and vibrant, with citrus and apple notes. Piper-Heidsieck Rose Sauvage ($45), prettily pink and fruity, suggests strawberry and plum.

The floral, elegant Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve ($40) and supple, fruity G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge ($37) are full-bodied and food-friendly.

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Blue Label ($30) is refreshing, light, round and very satisfying, with citrus notes. The inviting, versatile 1998 Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Blanc de Blancs ($40) hints of pear and white fruit; a rich, full-bodied Champagne.

The Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvee Rose ($120) is a mouthful, fruity and fresh, suggesting cherries, in a pink, rosy hue.

For a lush, complex Champagne with layers of flavor, the 1999 Bollinger La Grande Annee ($125) is an outstanding choice: toasty, creamy, with traces of vanilla, a reason itself to raise a glass. And the gilded 1999 Perrier-Jouet Fleur de Champagne ($140), crisp, floral, nutty, comes in the classic "flower bottle," stylish as always.

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