Experts say the most popular brands of champagne and sparkling wines run from $15 to $50, though some are nearly $200. The taste and the look is often a matter of opinion, so if you do not know what is best, ask for help.
"Come in with an idea of what your tastes run to," says Nancy Newkirk of Priscilla's Wine Shop. "Whether you like something with a little fruit, or whether you want something very dry, if you're in between and not sure, don't spend $50 to find out you don't like it."
Champagne also requires some pampering once you get it home. Experts say you should store it in a cool, dark, quiet place, then chill it before serving.