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Champagne and sparkling wine facts
Among the most popular wines in the world, Champagne and sparkling wines are ideal for life's happy moments, a landmark celebration or a weekend brunch party. Champagne with a capital "C" is an elite variety of a sparkler that must come only from the Champagne region in France. Methode traditionelle is the only designated manufacturing method for Champagne. It involves strict procedures, including a secondary fermentation in the bottle. On the other hand, other styles of sparkling beverages need not come only from Champagne and may use either the Charmat Method or the methode traditionelle for their manufacture. In the Charmat method, the secondary fermentation occurs in a tank.
Popular varieties of bubbly wines
Sparkling rosé with its notable pink hue and fizzy bubbles has become a summer staple. A bottle of rosé comes in a range of styles, including brut, dry or sweet. It features fruity notes of peaches and nectarines, making it an excellent food pairing drink. Serve it with a fruit platter, or pair it with savory courses.
Trying out unique varieties of bubblies such as cava from Spain helps you sample distinct flavors and lovely aromas. Cava has a dry flavor with little or no sweetness that tastes very much like non-vintage Champagne.
The U.S. now produces many varieties of bubbly wines. You can find a huge selection of American sparkling wines that come mainly from wineries in California. Most bubbly wines from California exhibit refreshing fruity notes and fragrant aromas of flowers and citrus.
Sparklers from California don't qualify as California champagne since Champagne is a region, and only wines from there can derive this name. Winemakers in California use secondary fermentation after bottling to give these drinks spectacular fizz, which sets them apart from any other sparkling wine.