The first thing to know about “Champagne” is that it is only true Champagne when it comes from the Champagne region of France which is located approximately 90 miles northeast of Paris, France.
There are three primary grapes used in Champagne production – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. The regulations for making Champagne are incredibly strict and must follow “the Traditional Method”, or Méthode Champenoise, which creates sparkling wines of the very highest quality
Champagne comes in a variety of styles and levels of sweetness. Most of the Champagne produced today is “Non-vintage” or NV, while the most common sweetness level is Brut.