First of all we would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! This is Bubbly time even though sparkling wines are fine 365 days a year. The reality is few wine drinkers work it into their weekly regimen. Once in a while a wine gets popular and generates a greater interest in bubblies and lately it’s Prosecco. Let’s take a look at what are some differences in the sparkling category.
Champagne is the name of the region this special wine comes from. If it does not come from this region of France, it is not Champagne but merely sparkling wine. Champagne is a very northerly growing region with chalky soils and the varietals grown are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Munier. The secondary fermentation which creates the bubbles is done in the bottle. This is known as Methode Champenoise…
Prosecco is a sparkling wine from the Veneto, specifically located between the towns of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano. The grape is called Glera and the wine is produced using the Charmat method, in which the secondary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. The wine is fruity and less minerally than wines from the Champagne region.
The sparkling wine of Catalonia, Cava is made using the Methode Champenoise as they do in Champagne production but the varietals climate and soil types are completely different. The Macabeu, Parellada and Xarel-lo are the most popular grapes for producing cava. Cavas are lighter and simpler yet loved for freshness.
Have a Happy New Year!
Bill The Wine Guy
|Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte|
|Aged for three years on the lees, the wine is pale straw-gold in color, with delicate bubbles. The nose is floral and fruity with subtle pear, apple, quince, fig and hazelnuts. Great balance!|