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Champagne & Sparkling Wine

All about Champagne and Sparkling Wine

If you want to become a champagne and sparkling wine pro, we've got an article for that. If you want the bullets, we've got you here. Champagne and sparkling wine are the bubbly beverages we've all come to know and love. Whether it's a cheers worthy moment, a holiday celebration or sunday brunch, champagne and sparkling wine have adapted to pretty much all occasions, and we're here for it.

What's the difference?

All champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is champagne. Stick with us. Champagne (think: Veuve Clicquot and Dom Pérignon) is a pretty elite club to get into. This sparkling wine is made in the Champagne region of France and must be made in the “methode traditionelle" to pass the test. Sparkling wines are any wine made in the methode traditionelle or Charmat method, anywhere else besides Champagne, France. Both of these wine types are usually made using a blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes. The most popular types of sparkling wine are champagne, prosecco, cava and american sparkling wine.

What are the flavors?

There are five big flavors that will be specified on the bottle:

  • Brut: This is the most common. Think of this one as bone dry in flavor. It also has the least sugar.
  • Extra-dry: Can also be called extra-brut, this one is slightly sweeter.
  • Sec: Medium sweetness
  • Demi-Sec: Approaching dessert wine status in terms of sweetness
  • Doux: Super sweet, definitely considered dessert wine.

How to serve:

You want to serve sparkling wine between 40 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit. When you open the bottle, twist the basket cap and, unless you're trying to add a little drama, hold your hand over the cork. Best served in champagne flutes, they help get the bubbliness to your palate for maximum flavor and texture.

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