Some find it almost impossible not to draw comparisons with Champagne when considering this category, demoting the sparklers to a sort of cheap Champagne substitute instead of regarding them as worthwhile individual wines in their own right. However this is unfair as these are all well made and each has a story to tell. We can't all afford regular infusions of Champagne which, anyway, is not always suitable. A simple toast or casual aperitif, entertaining without hassle or what the French call une verre pour l'amitie are all perfectly well-served by a decent sparkler. For a pleasant variation, try the one you most like the sound of with a little splash of Framboise for a delicious Kir Royal.