I received this as a gift from a relative. The bottle is actually labeled "California Flavored Champagne" (I'm skipping over the appellation issue - these grapes are grown in or near Gilroy, CA). I took one sip & I think the almond "flavor" is overwhelming. To me this tastes like a fizzy almond drink, not champagne. Anyway, I'd like to serve (so he can taste) a moderately priced champagne & I will be doing my regular K&L run in the next few days. Looking at the bottom of the price range there: Laurent-Perrier Brut; Piper Heidsieck Brut; Perrier Jouët Grand Brut; Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve. Suggestions are very much appreciated. I'm not looking for fireworks or a "big name" bottle - I'd just like to learn more about champagne myself by driking something typical, and also letting my well-intentioned relative try some too! Thanks in advance and happy holidays.