The popping of a Champagne cork signals celebration. Whether mixed into a dish or enjoyed as an accompaniment, the bubbly beverage elevates the ordinary into the extraordinary. To officially be called Champagne, sparkling wine must be produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France, and processed according to specific rules. Many chefs use Champagne as an ingredient to add special sparkle. During this holiday season, raise a toast to Champagne!

The Broadmoor

For an elegant dining experience, nothing beats The Penrose Room. The renowned restaurant in Colorado Springs is the state’s only Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond eatery. Start your meal with an intriguing sparkling cocktail. The decadent French Kiss 75 combines Tanqueray gin with Chambord and lemon, and is topped with Champagne.

Thornton Winery

California is blessed with many wine-growing regions, including Temecula in Riverside County. The family-owned Thornton Winery can accommodate groups of up to 400. At their Cafe Champagne, sample the field green salad with golden raisins, spiced pecans and bleu cheese with homemade Champagne vinaigrette.

L’Auberge  Del Mar

Executive chef Nathan Lingle has created a special Bubbles Bites and Brews menu at the luxury SoCal property’s Coastline restaurant. Guests can enjoy Champagne or handcrafted sparkling cocktails paired with oysters, dining alfresco with a spectacular ocean view.

Hank’s Seafood Restaurant

Fresh, locally caught grouper with Champagne citrus buerre blanc sauce is served by waitstaff in white dinner jackets at this charming restaurant. It’s located in a turn-of-the-century warehouse in the heart of the famed Historic District in Charleston, South Carolina.