Champagne & Sparkling lovers?
All Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne.
Sparkling wines (as opposed to still wines) are saturated with molecules of carbon dioxide gas, which makes them fizzy or bubbly. They're made all over the world using a variety of grapes and production method. If a wine is made but is missing if it’s created a few miles outside of the Champagne region – you have a sparkling wine on your hands, not champagne.
What Grapes to be used?
Although a lot of distinct grapes can be used, the most widely used grapes include, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. These grapes are often blended together to create a unique complexity body and aroma, giving champagne a distinct delicious taste and a refreshing effervescence.
To make champagne, red wine must go through a laborious process called Méthode Champenoise or “the Traditional Method.” To start, only the best red wine grapes must be hand-picked and immediately pressed – only twice – in a covered environment. The juice is blended together and placed in cellars.
After that comes the most important step in the entire process: the second fermentation, which takes place in the bottle itself! Here, carbon dioxide is created and captured within the bottle, which carbonates the wine. This time-consuming process gives champagne that yeasty character and crisp acidity that we all know and love.
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