Before you pop a cork on a bottle of Champagne, consider these items:
*Champagne is produced in the French region of the same name, about 90 miles east of Paris. Other countries also make good sparkling wines -- notably the United States and Spain.
*Brut is the driest of Champagnes, best served as a cocktail or aperitif before a meal or with smoked pheasant, salmon and roast chicken. Champagnes are also "extra dry,"