Sparkling Wine

Sparkling wine is a wine with significant levels of carbon dioxide in it making it fizzy. The carbon dioxide may result from natural fermentation, either in a bottle, as with the méthode champenoise, in a large tank designed to withstand the pressures involved (as in the Charmat process), or as a result of carbon dioxide injection.Sparkling wine is usually white or rosé but there are many examples of red sparkling wines such as Italian Brachetto and Australian sparkling Shiraz. The sweetness of sparkling wine can range from very dry "brut" styles to sweeter "doux" varieties.
Posts about Sparkling Wine
    • Rant: There's No California Chardonnay On The Menu?

      What do you mean there's no California Chardonnay on the wine list? Must a restaurant wine list cater to all tastes, or can it specialize, ignoring some very popular choices? Is such specialization a good thing, or does it spite customers who want something different? How much choice should there be on a restaurant wine list? Consider Taberna de Haro, an excellent Spanish restaurant in Brookli.

      Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 6 readers -
    • Let the gems begin

      Wine review at VINTAGES of Norman Hardie Chardonnay County Unfiltered 2012 by Godello If the premature lashing of cold, snow and ice weren’t enough to get you thinking about holiday shopping, get thee to Liquor Control Board on Ontario store on the weekend. Same time, every year. The LCBO stocks the shelves, isles and pyramid displays with more booze than anyone should ever b ...

    • Big release, bigger wines

      Chicken and beef destined for tortillas As we creep deeper and deeper into late autumn days, with afternoons bereft of light and evenings full of chill, we begin to search for more than a pipkin of warmth. Wine can fill the void and it is no simple folderol that we seek. The bicameral brain on one lobe wants deep, earthy reds, dynamic and changeless, the other asks for bombs with damp fuses.

  • John gives thanks

    … Mendocino County Crab, Wine & Beer Festival” by pairing with McFadden Farm for a Dungeness crab and wine extravaganza. Perhaps eight to 10 mind-blowingly delicious crab dishes and bubbly from the California State Fair Wine Competition’s Best of Show Sparkling wine producer. Oh, and three Wine Enthusiast 90 Point Whites and a 95 Point Wine X/Just…

    John Cesano/ John on Wine- 1 readers -
  • Wine of the week: Astoria Prosecco NV

    … unexpected. Highly recommended, and the kind of wine to keep on hand as the holidays approach. This would pair well with Thanksgiving — light enough for a long meal, but well made enough so that it complements and doesn’t overwhelm the food. The post Wine of the week: Astoria Prosecco NV appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon. …

    The Wine Curmudgeon- 1 readers -
  • 2012 Sea Smoke “Sea Spray” Sparkling Wine, Santa Rita Hills

    … in cool, salt-edged breezes. The second wave of scents delivers perfumed white flowers, tangy citrus, and fresh baked bread. Once in the mouth, it blossoms into juicy flavors of Red Delicious apple, cherry pit, and fresh raspberry. The mouthfeel has an effervescent, creamy presentation. Made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes from the Sea Smoke Estate…

    Wine Lines- 2 readers -
  • Mionetto IL Prosecco, D.O.C. Prosecco

    … Mionetto IL Prosecco D.O.C. Prosecco. This offering is made entirely of Glera. All of the fruit is sourced in the Veneto. After pressing the must was separated from the skins. Secondary fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks using the Charmat method. This wine is finished with a crown cap rather than a cork…

    Gabe's View- 5 readers -
  • Dom Perignon Champagne 1998 Vintage Tasting Sparkles

    … When I think about Dom Pérignon Champagne, I think of luxury and pleasure. Now, more-so than ever, that opinion has amplified beyond pleasure into absolute bliss. After attending a private tasting of the soon-to-be-released to Ontario, Dom Pérignon P2-1998 with Chef de Cave, Richard Geoffroy, I have an entirely new excitement for the potential…

    Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLean- 2 readers -
  • 2009 Domaine Királyudvar “Pezsgö” Brut Oh boy, this...

    … 2009 Domaine Királyudvar “Pezsgö” Brut Oh boy, this is some special stuff - sparkling wine from Hungary! A really lovely color of pale gold. Lots of classic champagne notes on the nose - yeast, apple, lemon, and shortbread. Lovely mousse (bubbles) on the palate. Lemon crème initially makes way to stone with golden flowers, hint of shortbread, crushed cashews, and a touch of bread with burnt honey. Really, really lovely. 5/5 bones $$ Furmint, Hárslevelu 13% abv Tokaj, HUNGARY …

    Shiba Sommelier- 5 readers -
  • CREMANT d’ ALSACE

    … CREMANT d’ ALSACE “The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef; love, like being enlivened with champagne.” .... Samuel Johnson It’s just my hunch, but I’m betting that we consume less “Champagne” per capita in the U.S. than most European countries. And here’s my second hunch: I’m also…

    Wine Mizer- 1 readers -
  • A Bubbly Trio

    …. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, it presses fleshy pear flavors against the firm citric core that comes off rather like lemonade. Toasty and slightly austere with a healthy dose of rockiness, there’s good complexity and enough stuffing to age several years. 12.5% alcohol by volume. Mostly Pinot Noir, with a dime of Chardonnay…

    Jeff Alexander/ Pennsylvania Vine Company- 1 readers -
  • Thanksgiving Wines

    … to your table. Consider starting with a bubbly that’s just slightly sweet and refreshing such as Prosecco. If many of your dishes have a fruit base, consider floral and fruity Moscato d’Asti. Red sparklers such as Lambrusco or Brachetto d’Acqui make terrific Thanksgiving wines that are practically guaranteed to make your celebration a bit more…

    Write on Wines- 1 readers -
  • Wine of the week: Castillo Perelada Brut Reserva NV

    … Viudas in style — not as simple as the former, but with its crispness, and more balanced than the latter, but with quality apple and lemon fruit. The bubbles, small and tight, are rarely found in sparking wine that is this inexpensive. And, though simple, it’s not stupid and isn’t as showy as the otherwise delicious Dibon. Highly recommended…

    The Wine Curmudgeon- 2 readers -
  • Ca’ di Rajo Raboso Del Piave 2007

    …, that oozes “terrior” and should be found for a little over $30, I call that a bargain. The color is a deep and dark plum red with a cherry red see-thru halo. The nose is intense and spicy, rich, ripe red berries strike first, then black pepper, new leather jacket, cinnamon, rare spice from India and smoke from the Weber grill. If this wine…

    CHEAP WINE FINDER- 1 readers -