Champagne & Sparkling
Equal parts festive and food-friendly ...
Equal parts festive and food-friendly, sparkling wine is beloved for its lively bubbles and appealing aesthetics. Though it is often thought of as something to be reserved for celebrations, sparkling wine can be enjoyed on any occasion—and might just make the regular ones feel a bit more special.
Sparkling wine is made throughout the world, but can only be called “Champagne” if it comes from the Champagne region of France. Other regions have their own specialties, like Prosecco in Italy and Cava in Spain. Sweet or dry, white or rosé (or even red!), lightly fizzy or fully sparkling, there is a style of bubbly wine to suit every palate.
The bubbles in sparkling wine are formed when the base wine undergoes a secondary fermentation, trapping carbon dioxide inside the bottle or fermentation vessel. Champagne, Cava and many other sparkling wines (particularly in the New World) are made using the “traditional method,” in which the second fermentation 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 and toasted bread or brioche qualities. For Prosecco, the carbonation process occurs in a stainless steel tank to preserve the fresh fruity and floral aromas preferred for this style of wine.
Scarpetta Prosecco 2018Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto 2018Red Sparkling Wine from Piedmont, Italy
Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco di Castelvetro Vigneto Cialdini 2018Red Sparkling Wine from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato 2018Rosé Sparkling Wine from Victoria, Australia
Villa Maria Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc 2018Vintage Sparkling Wine from Marlborough, New Zealand
Pizzolato Prosecco Fields Brut 2018Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy