The sun is shining, the weekend is supposed to be beautiful and I am in a sparkling wine kinda mood, hence my inspiration for today’s blog! Not enough people appreciate drinking sparkling wine unless they have a special occasion to celebrate, but look at it like this, you are alive, living in an awesome city, so celebrate everyday!
I know sparkling wine can be intimidating, don’t let it be! The typical term you hear for sparkling wines is Champagne. Champagne comes from the Champagne region in France and can only be called Champagne when it comes from this region. Champagne holds the highest prestige (and price tag) of sparkling wines, so don’t assume you should only drink Champagne, venture out! Here are some other sparkling wines from around the world that will make drinking bubbles just as glamorous, but let you afford to do so all the time!
Prosecco- One of Italy’s main sparkling wines
How it sizes up to the competition: Compared to other sparkling wines, Prosecco is low in alcohol, about 11 to 12%. The flavor of Prosecco is described as aromatic and crisp, bringing to mind yellow apple, pear, white peach and apricot. Unlike Champagne, which is appreciated for its rich taste and complex aromas, most Prosecco’s are meant to taste fresh, light and simple.
Cava- Spain’s main sparkling wine
Cava is produced in varying levels of dryness and must be made according to the Traditional Method with secondary fermentation in the bottle (just like Champagne).
Sparkling Wine- Made throughout the world, but the term “sparkling wine” will mainly be used in California
As the sparkling wine industry in California has grown, some of the Champagne region’s most noted Champagne houses came to set up wineries in the US. These producers include Moet et Chandon’s sister property Domaine Chandon, Louis Roederer’s (producer of Cristal) Roederer Estates, and Taittinger’s Domaine Carneros. All of these sparkling wine houses can be found in the Napa and Sonoma Valley’s of CA.
When you go out this weekend order a glass of Champagne, Sparkling Wine, Prosecco or Cava and remind yourself how amazingly good bubbles are for any day of the week and any occasion!