Wine Wednesday: Sparkling Wines

I think this Wednesday calls for a little bubbly! I don’t know about you, but October seems to be quite the wedding season, I have more weddings this fall than I’ve had all summer but they’re always something fun to look forward to! And what pairs well with weddings? Champagne! (or Prosecco, or Sparking Wine…take your pick!)

I’m going to be honest, I’m not much of a Sparkling Wine snob. I once got a bottle of Veuve Clicquot as a Christmas gift and used it to make mimosas…I know.

But I always enjoy when something sparkling is set in front of me (this goes for water too, once I discovered flavored sparkling water, and the only reason I switch it up with regular water is because that’s free.)

champagne

As I’m sure everyone knows, a sparkling wine can only be called Champagne if it’s produced in the Champagne region of France. Apparently there are 1 or 2 sparkling wines from California that call themselves California Champagne (much to the chagrin of the greater wine industry and the French, I’m sure), I know Korbel is one one them. I’m not here to argue their merits, but I’ll drink it if it’s around!

Prosecco is a Sparkling white Italian wine, which is usually on the drier side – right up my alley! It mainly uses Glera grapes from the Veneto and Fruili regions in Italy.

Similarly, Cava is a sparkling wine of Catalonia Spain, and can be white or rosé. Wines must be produced using a certain method (champenoise traditional method) in order to be considered a Cava, all others fall into the general sparkling wine category.

Sparkling wine encompasses all of the above, and many other varieties. It’s typically white or rosé, but there are also sparkling red wines out there, like Lambrusco (not my favorite).

What’s my go-to sparkling wine? Again, I’m not too picky, but I tend to gravitate towards Cupcake Prosecco for general day-to-day drinking. I find it very refreshing and it’s set at a very reasonable price, so all the more reason to buy a second bottle! 😉

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How About You?

What’s your favorite sparkling wine?

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One thought on “Wine Wednesday: Sparkling Wines

  1. I’m a sucker for Champagne. It’s Champagne all the way. Since Cava reminds me of being sprayed down at the end of exams and prosecco of undergraduate life those two varieties are now generally avoided ! Something should also be said about sparkling English wines. I’ve only tried two but they can be surprisingly good.

    Also as is just so happens, I’m actually trading up from #WineWednesday to #ChampagneWednesday this evening too!

    Malti (http://driftinglondoner.wordpress.com)

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