Sparkling Wines

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 Wines
    • Wines of the World – STLTO

      Wines of the World – STLTO November 12, 2014 by NJ Wine with Me This slideshow requires JavaScript. How cool is wine run by women? Total gender bias here, but I like supporting and empowering women and I like wine. I recently had the opportunity to try STLTO wines. Apparently, this company is run entirely by women and the brand is geared towards ladies.

      NJ Wine with Mein Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Chardonnay- 4 readers -
    • Italy: Nino Franco, Prosecco

      This top-notch Prosecco winery isn't far off its 100th birthday and was established by Antonio Franco in Valdobbiadene, right in the beautiful heart of the 'original' production zone marked by often steep hillside vineyards at altitude (hence the snowy shot above), which has recently become a much smaller and more quality-focused sub-zone (Prosecco can be made pretty much .

      Richard Mark James/ Wine Writing- 4 readers -
  • The Everything Guide to Thanksgiving Wine

    … and bubbly options through Port, Sauternes and Chartreuse. There really are no mistakes to be made when pairing food with wine. If you love big, rich, dark and complex reds, drink them throughout dinner. If you prefer the crisp, bright, eye-opening qualities of whites and sparkling wines, stick to that. Above all…keep reading. [This article first appeared on on November 11, 2014] Tags: Jonathan Cristaldi,, Thanksgiving, The Everything Guide to Thanksgiving Wine, turkey, wine, wine and turkey pairing.…

    Jonathan Cristaldi/ Winetology- 2 readers -
  • LCBO Vintages release – November 22, 2014 (WVN 205)

    …, crisp acid and a very long, black-fruit finish. Exceptional value! Extra dry, red wine – $33.95 per bottle (Limited supplies: flagship store exclusive – check for locations at If you can’t find the Rubicon I suggest a good fall back would be AOC Graves Château Rahoul 2010 (Extra dry, red wine – $31.95 per bottle). This is a Merlot…

    W John Switzer/ The Winesights Reader- 1 readers -
  • Bella Wines harmonizes with a bubbly quartet

    … In 2011, Jay Drysdale and Wendy Rose launched Bella Wines, the first winery in British Columbiadedicated exclusively to sparkling wine. The business plan has been to make the wines, at least until now, in someone else’s winery. That husbands their resources: better to spend the money on grapes, winemaking and marketing, getting the brand…

    John Schreiner/ John Schreiner on wine- 4 readers -
  • Heads Up: Billecart-Salmon Tasting at The Urban Grape

    … comparing to a much more affordable domestic sparkling brut rosé. Guests with familiarity with sparkling wines could definitely tell which was the more expensive wine. Hint: Look for the fine bubbles, silky mouthfeel and overall elegance. So head on over to The Urban Grape tonight or tomorrow if you're in the area. Keep tabs on their events page for upcoming tastings. You can follow @UrbanGrape on Twitter for more information. …

    Robert Dwyer/ The Wellesley Wine Press- 2 readers -
  • Review: Bee d’Vine Honey Wine

    … ask, the addition of water to dilute the alcohol level is what separates mead from the lighter, gentler “honey wine.” Bee d’Vine is a product made by The Honey Wine Company, based in St. Helena, California. The company’s fermented honey drink is blended in two varieties — a dry Brut and a sweeter Demi-Sec version. (Those terms are typically used…

    Christopher Null/ 1 readers -
  • Crisper Whites for Crisper Weather

    …, while Marsanne brings a little more maturity and elegance to the blend. When blended together a full-bodied white wine is established with flavors of honey, nuts, pear, honeysuckle, melon followed by a slight minerality. This blend is often rich and round, making this blend a great alternative a Chardonnay. Sparkling Wine As with many times of year…

    Charlotte Chipperfield/ The Wine Key's Blog- 1 readers -
  • English wine trade mourns loss of 'inspirational' Mike Roberts MBE

    …, Ridgeview's Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs 2006 beat several top Champagne houses to win the International Trophy for sparkling wine priced above £10 in the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). In the 2014 DWWA, Ridgeview scooped five medals, including three silver and two bronze. 'Mike Roberts was a true inspiration,' said Julia Stafford, founder…

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  • First we take Manhattan…

    …. Drinkers of dry wines complain that even alcohol contents as high as 15% can be distractions from aroma when there is not residual sugar. That’s a massive simplification of an extremely vociferous debate, though I’m quite certain the author knows it. Response to obvious alcohol is variate and personal, but the crux is always balance-in-context…

    oenoLogic- 1 readers -
  • More Mushroom Meals, and a Turkey Meal Nears

    Thanks to the good efforts of Visit Mendocino, the local tourism group that brings visitors to Mendocino County for events, who then stay in our inns and hotels, their Mendocino County Mushroom, Wine & Beer Fest continues through this weekend. Last week, I wrote that one of the best ways to experience the magic of wine was through great wine dinners, and I wrote that Crush ...

    John Cesano/ John on Wine- 1 readers -
  • Cliff Lede Vineyards

    …. This is followed by hand sorting of grapes to find any imperfect grapes the optical sorting machine might have missed. Each block of wine is pressed, fermented and aged apart from other blocks. A unique gravity crane system gently guides the juice to the tanks. Specially tapered tanks modeled after the ones used at Chateau Latour were specially…

    Tj Jones/ Bach to Bacchusin Sauvignon Blanc -
  • Tales From: Sonoma—Rack and Riddle and Breathless Wines

    …, but chances are if you have had many sparkling wines from California, you have had a wine that has gone through the Rack and Riddle custom crush facility. There are a few custom crush facilities in Northern California, and the concept is a variation of the Co-Op model that is prevalent in Europe. Usually, smaller wine producers without their own wine…

    the drunken cyclistin Pinot Noir Chardonnay- 1 readers -
  • Early Harvest For 2014

    By Steve Jacobson – As we head into the winter months, it’s hard to believe harvest has come and gone… And for 2014, it was an early harvest. What exactly does that mean? Traditionally, harvest for vineyards often come in September. The summer is behind, the fruit is hanging low, ready to be taken from the vines. But this summer was extraordinarily dry in California.

    Wine Ponder - 2 readers -
  • Ricci Curbastro Sparkling Wines: Innovation Becomes Tradition

    … Dr. Riccardo Ricci Curbastro leading the Quality Italian Wines and Franciacorta Seminar at Simply Italian Great Wines US Tour 2014 New York. Image courtesy of Ricci Curbastro Azienda Agricola. I had the pleasure of attending an enlightening seminar given by the incredibly interesting and multifarious Dr. Riccardo Ricci Curbastro, who…

    the buddha in your glassin Chardonnay- 1 readers -
  • Rant: Wine Stores, Be Responsible

    … your store carries. You need to regularly peruse the shelves yourself, to see what is new, and what is now gone. As you scan the shelves, remember some of those wines, those you feel will make good recommendations, especially in some of the most popular categories.. For example, know some of the Champagnes and sparkling wines that you carry…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 3 readers -