As I raised my glass for a sip, its effervescence tickled my nose just as I imagined it would have done to monk Dom Perignon had he discovered that his blended grapes made such a fuss. Even though it became popular a mere century after his death, his rumored creation of Champagne is just one of the legends this region’s rich history has to offer. With its terroir, which represents its climate, its chalky soil and hilly lands, the Champagne region of France has made quite a name for itself. It is associated with haute bourgeoisie, romance and celebration. There clearly is no wine more evocative than Champagne, which is the king of sparking wine.