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
    • Why is Champagne the Wine of New Year’s Eve?

      On CBC Ontario’s CBC drive-home shows we chat about bubblies for the New Year’s including why Champagne is the traditional sparkling wine to ring in the new year, though there are other alternatives. Further below are the wines we talked about in the audio clip above. Do you know the answers to these bubbly questions? Why is Champagne the wine of New Year’s Eve? Savvy cha ...

      Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLean- 8 readers -
    • A Wine Lover’s Guide to Becoming a Cheese Addict

      I’ve decided. This year, 2015, will be the Year of the Big Cheese. My goal is to learn (almost) as much about cheese as I have about wine. However, wine has a head start of 17 years, thus the qualifier “almost.” This ambitious goal is not based on a great epiphany or even a Road to Damascus realization. However, I had a “come to cheeses” moment.

      Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLeanin Riesling- 3 readers -
    • Cooper’s Hawk Winery: Wine Snobs Not Allowed

      In 2009, when I first heard of Cooper’s Hawk Winery, my interest was peaked. Their winemaker, Rob Warren, had done a stint at a small winery in Virginia, my home state, and the concept of a restaurant serving their own wines was new to the Chicago area. Friends and acquaintances who had dined at Cooper’s Hawk enjoyed the food and by all accounts the wines were pretty tasty, too.

      Cindy Rynning/ Grape Experiences- 11 readers -
  • Joy's JOY of Wine

    … My profile photo has resulted in several questions about how to pair wine and cigars. As when pairing wine and food, remember that it’s all about body and taste. Consider the intensity of flavor in the cigar and the wine, match the sweetness levels of both, and keep the acidic/tartness levels about equal. Of course, you could simplify…

    Joy Neighbors/ Joy's JOY of Wine- 4 readers -
  • Heretat el Padruell Cava NV

    … The love of fizz over Christmas doesn’t seem to be going away and whilst the supermarkets slug it out over who can get people to drive across town to get the cheapest Champagne, there’s other sparkling wines available, and unless it absolutely positively has to be Champagne then there’s better value to be had elsewhere. Australia and New Zealand…

    Golly's Wine Drops- 4 readers -
  • Happy New Year & 3 Wines of the Week…

    … the impression that Moscato d’Asti is an old fashioned wine, or that you won’t like it, just try it with an open mind. These wines deliver pure, uncomplicated pleasure and joy to the drinker, go on, you know you want to try it. Available in the UK for £7.50 a bottle from The Wine Society. Stockist details in the US are available here. Red Bordeaux…

    Quentin Sadler's Wine Pagein Cabernet Franc- 4 readers -
  • 40 Knots gets a flying start

    … on the market a year after opening when he discovered that it involved an overwhelming amount of work. The wines in the initial release, two whites from 2009 and two reds from 2010, showed promise. However, the 2010 and 2011 vintages were very challenging on Vancouver Island, unless one was focussing on sparkling wines. The previous winemaker recognized…

    John Schreiner/ John Schreiner on wine- 3 readers -
  • Ten Favorite Wines of 2014, Number Three: NV Ferrari Brut Trentodoc

    … tirage was amplified and deepened, complemented by flavors of biscuit and nut and a gorgeous creamy texture. I turned the bottle around: “Sboccatura anno 2009.” It had been disgorged five years prior. Non-vintage sparkling wines are generally not age-worthy. They’re not made to age; they’re meant to be drunk young and enjoyed while the vintage…

    Meg Houston Maker/ Maker's Table- 5 readers -
  • Nodding to Cliché

    … New Year’s Eve. Which cliché should I bow to? Should I write about sparkling wines to enjoy tonight? Should I offer up a list of New Year’s resolutions? Why choose? I’ll touch on both, and more, this week. Graziano, Handley, McFadden, Nelson, Paul Dolan, Roederer Estate, Scharffenberger, Signal Ridge, Terra Savia, and Yorkville Cellars all…

    John Cesano/ John on Wine- 3 readers -
  • First a Rant and then a Book Report: Women of the Vine

    … Edwards, Leslie Sbrocco, to name a few. Deborah Brenner is the founder and CEO of Women of the Vine Cellars, a wine company who unites and celebrates women winemakers under one brand. These wines are limited in production. Like many women, and I can relate, after a painful divorce Deborah left the corporate life to pursue her passion and the life she…

    Through The Walla Walla Grape Vine™- 4 readers -
  • Iron Horse Vineyards | Sebastopol, CA

    Iron Horse Vineyards in Sebastopol, CA was by far my biggest wine related surprise of the year. I mean this in the best possible way for a couple different reasons. Iron Horse Ranch & Vineyards I love Champagne, but I tend to stay away from California Sparkling Wines. While there are some standouts, I find many of them too sweet and lacking the tiny, delicate Methode C ...

    Wine-ding Road Blog- 4 readers -
  • Look Both Ways Before Crossing

    … now, our cellar is uncomfortably unbalanced, with 75% of our holdings hailing from the Golden State. Clearly, changes are necessary. So, starting with our next purchase, we will revisit favorite areas such as the Rhone and Italy (yes, all of it!), and say a cheerful hello to our new friends like New Zealand and Greece. Along the way we’ll learn…

    Tom Riley/ THE GRAPE BELTin Syrah- 2 readers -
  • Celebrated the New Year with a Cava

    … Since attending the 50 Great Cavas media tour last October, I have had several cavas over the months. I am quite impressed with the sparkling wines especially those produced from native grapes Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Parellada. We are visiting our daughter and son-in-law in the Dayton area of Ohio and I forgot to bring a bottle of cava I brought…

    Wine Trail Traveler- 3 readers -
  • New Year's Eve 2014: a time for raclette!

    … choice for New Years Eve when, we know, there will be food and drink a-plenty running the length and breadth of the evening (and early morning). This offering from Summerhill is certainly one of my favorite sparkling wines of this style; the restrained elegance showcasing the Kelowna terroir as much as it does Eric von Krosigks' winemaking deftness…

    a chef's journey to learn wine- 2 readers -
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