A couple years ago, I read an article that noted how Americans tend to save champagne/sparkling wine for special occasions, whereas Europeans choose it more often, as just another variety of wine. Since I've always preferred the bubbly over other wines, I've been ordering it far more often with my meals.
In most cases, since I'll be only having a couple glasses, I usually just accept whatever the restaurant is offering by the glass or split.
I'd like to develop a better palate regarding the stuff, however. I'd love to read comments, opinions, and suggestions from other 'hounds, especially those who know their sparklers well. What should I be looking for, reading, asking about, sampling, insisting upon, studying, trying, etc?
I'm in Seattle, so I should be able to find a good assortment of excellent champagnes/sparkling wines.
In advance, I thank you.