There is suuuuuch a range in sparkling wine. From £5 to £500, one can spend literally as much or as little as one wants on a bottle.
I have had good and bad versions from France, England, Spain and Italy. The taste and feel is different to still wine, and though the bubbles are exciting (or so we’re told), the resultant wine doesn’t necessarily appeal to everyone. Hearing that here makes me happy, because it means there are people tasting what’s in the glass and deciding for themselves. I’m sure we all know someone who’ll drink anything as long as it’s fizzy.
Sparkling wine for me goes in spurts. I’ll go ages without having any, then there will be an occasion to drink a glass and [if it’s good] it’s like I’ve forgotten I like it and I’ll get a few bottles. My preference is for English or Champagne made with care. I really enjoy a good Cava too, but I need more help in finding the right bottle.
I’ll also add that sometimes I like giving in to the image of a Grande Marque. It’s the appropriate drink with certain friends after a few days in skiing in Val d’Isère, for instance. I don’t know anyone with a yacht. It doesn’t always live up to the hype though. I love the orange and that script so much, but my last bottle of Veuve Clicquot was such a disappointment.