Everybody loves Champagne. It's a treat that is generally poured in small fluted glasses and raised during toasts at special occasions. But what a lot of people don't realize is that they are not drinking Champagne. Read more
Champagne is a sparkling wine that is produced in the relatively small region of Champagne in France. Only those sparkling wines produced in this region are allowed to be labeled as 'Champagne.' And an entry level bottle of Champagne is going to start in the $50 range. So, typically you are toasting with some other sparkling wine. Read more
U.S. Sparkling Wine
In the U.S., there are a tremendous number of makers of sparkling wine. Most will produce a wine that can taste very much like the French Champagne. And, you can also find these sparkling wines infused with fruit flavors such as peach and nut flavors such as almond. An entry level bottle of sparking wine in the U.S. can be as little as $5. Read more
Prosecco and Asti
In Italy, Prosecco is the their signature sparkling wine. Produced in the Veneto region just north of Venice, this sparkling wine usually produces bigger bubbles. Bottles of Prosecco can be purchased in the $10- $15 range. Read more
The sparkling wine of Spain is Cava that is produced in the Catalonia region of Spain where Barcelona is located. Nice bottles of Cava can be purchased for around $15. Read more
Styles of Champagne and Sparkling Wine
Brut Nature - This style is bone dry. It has little or no sugar content (0–3 g/L sugar).
Extra Brut This style is also bone dry but, it can have up to twice the sugar level of Brut Nature (0–6 g/L sugar). But, this little bit of sweetness creates a wonderful balance with Champagne’s naturally high acidity.
Brut This is the most common style. While considered “Dry” this style can have twice the sugar of Extra Brut (0–12 g/L sugar).
Extra Dry This is the one that always confuses people. This style is sweeter which actually makes it also taste a bit Fruity (12–17 g/L sugar).
Dry The confusing continues. This style is getting up there in sweetness (17–32 g/L sugar).
Demi-Sec Now you’re talking Sweet (32–50 g/L sugar). This style works well with desserts or cheeses.
Doux This one, while very rare to find, is SWEET (50+ g/L sugar).