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Sparkling Wine & Champagne

Learn about sparkling wine & Champagne — the range of styles, how it’s made and more ...

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What are the different types of sparkling wine and Champagne?

Beloved for its lively bubbles, sparkling wine is the ultimate beverage for any festivity, whether it's a major celebration or a mere merrymaking of nothing much! Sparkling wine is made throughout the winemaking world, but only can be called “Champagne” if it comes from the Champagne region of France and is made using what is referred to as the "traditional method." Other regions have their own specialties—Crémant in other parts of France, Cava in Spain and Prosecco in Italy, to name a few. New World regions like California, Australia and New Zealand enjoy the freedom to make many styles of sparkling wine, with production methods and traditions defined locally. In a dry style, Champagne and sparkling wine goes with just about any type of food. Sweet styles are not uncommon and among both dry and sweet, you'll find white, rosé—or even red!—examples.

How is sparkling wine and Champagne made?

Champagne, Crémant, Cava and many other sparkling wines of the world are made using the traditional method, in which the second fermentation (the one that makes the bubbles) takes place inside the bottle. With this method, spent yeast cells remain in contact with the wine during bottle aging, giving it a creamy mouthful, toasted bread or brioche qualities and in many cases, the capacity to age. For Prosecco, the carbonation process usually occurs in a stainless steel tank (before bottling) to preserve the fresh fruity and floral aromas imminent in this style.

What gives sparkling wine and Champagne its bubbles?

The bubbles in sparkling wine are formed when the base wine undergoes a secondary fermentation, which traps carbon dioxide inside the bottle or fermentation vessel.

How do you serve sparkling wine and Champagne?

Ideally for storing sparkling wine and Champagne in any long-term sense, they should be at cellar temperature, about 55F. For serving, cool sparkling wine and Champagne down to about 40F to 50F. (Most refrigerators are colder than this.) As for drinking it, the best glasses have a stem and flute or tulip shape to allow the bead (bubbles) to show.

How long does sparkling wine and Champagne last?

Most sparkling wines like Prosecco, Cava or others around the “$20 and under” price point are intended for early consumption. Sparkling wines made using the traditional method with extended cellar time before release can typically improve with age. If you are unsure, definitely consult a wine professional for guidance.

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  • Mionetto Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry  Front Label
    Mionetto Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
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  • Ziobaffa Organic Prosecco Front Label
    Ziobaffa Organic Prosecco
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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  • The White Knight Prosecco Front Label
    The White Knight Prosecco
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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  • Willm Cremant d'Alsace Blanc de Noirs Brut  Front Label
    Willm Cremant d'Alsace Blanc de Noirs Brut
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Alsace, France
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  • Nature's Revenge Pet Nat 2020  Front Label
    Nature's Revenge Pet Nat 2020
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Faire La Fete Brut Rose Front Label
    Faire La Fete Brut Rose
    Sparkling Rosé from Cremant de Limoux, Limoux, Languedoc, South of France, France
    • TP92
    • WW91
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  • Masia de la Luz Cava Brut  Front Label
    Masia de la Luz Cava Brut
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Cava, Spain
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  • Piccini Prosecco Front Label
    Piccini Prosecco
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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    • Clos Amador Cava Tendre Rose Front Label
      Clos Amador Cava Tendre Rose
      Sparkling Rosé from Cava, Spain
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      • Moillard Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Rose  Front Label
        Moillard Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Rose
        Sparkling Rosé from Burgundy, France
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        • Clos Amador Cava Brut Delicat Reserva Front Label
          Clos Amador Cava Brut Delicat Reserva
          Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Cava, Spain
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          • Willm Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose Front Label
            Willm Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose
            Sparkling Rosé from Alsace, France
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          • Simonnet-Febvre Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Front Label
            Simonnet-Febvre Cremant de Bourgogne Brut
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Burgundy, France
            • D94
            • WW91
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          • Willm Blanc de Blancs Brut Front Label
            Willm Blanc de Blancs Brut
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Alsace, France
            • WW89
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          • Guinigi Prosecco  Front Label
            Guinigi Prosecco
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
            • TP92
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          • Andre Delorme Cremant de Bourgogne Blanc de Blancs Brut Reserve Front Label
            Andre Delorme Cremant de Bourgogne Blanc de Blancs Brut Reserve
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Burgundy, France
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          • Bouvet Brut Front Label
            Bouvet Brut
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Saumur, Loire, France
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            • Rivarose Brut Front Label
              Rivarose Brut
              Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from France
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            • Domaine Bousquet Organic Brut  Front Label
              Domaine Bousquet Organic Brut
              Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
              • V90
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            • Kylie Minogue Prosecco Rose  Front Label
              Kylie Minogue Prosecco Rose
              Sparkling Rosé from Prosecco, Italy
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            • Gramona La Cuvee 2016  Front Label
              Gramona La Cuvee 2016
              Vintage Sparkling Wine from Penedes, Spain
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              • Domaine Bousquet Organic Brut Rose  Front Label
                Domaine Bousquet Organic Brut Rose
                Sparkling Rosé from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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              • Fascino Organic Prosecco Front Label
                Fascino Organic Prosecco
                Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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              • Le Cardinale Blanc de Blancs Front Label
                Le Cardinale Blanc de Blancs
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                • Cantina Paltrinieri Radice Lambrusco di Sorbara 2020  Front Label
                  Cantina Paltrinieri Radice Lambrusco di Sorbara 2020
                  Vintage Sparkling Wine from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
                  • WE95
                  • V90
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