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The Prosecco Wine Guide. Prosecco is Italy’s most popular sparkling wine.

The Prosecco Wine Guide

While it’s often compared to Champagne, it’s made with different grapes and a different winemaking method. As you’ll soon discover, there’s more to Prosecco than affordable bubbles. “There’s more to Prosecco than affordable bubbles” Learn more about this fascinating sparkler including how to choose Prosecco, the different styles, the main winemaking region, Valdobbiadene, and what foods to pair with it. What is Prosecco Technically speaking, Prosecco is a sparkling wine that originates from the Valdobbiadene region in Veneto, Italy (although it’s also made in other parts of Italy including Friuli-Venezia Giulia).

Prosecco Taste Is it sweet or dry? Most Prosecco wines are produced in a dry, brut style. Brut 0–12 g/L RS (residual sugar) – Up to a half gram of sugar per glassExtra Dry 12–17 g/L RS – Just over a half gram of sugar per glassDry 17–32 g/L RS – Up to 1 gram of sugar per glass How to Serve Prosecco The Perfect Mimosa Wine Show me! Does the Best Bubbly Come From Germany? “Bring me a cup of sack, boy,” Shakespearean actor Ludwig Devrient called to his waiter in a Berlin bar in 1825, channeling his Henry IV role as Falstaff.

Does the Best Bubbly Come From Germany?

The Bard’s words referred to a Portuguese wine popular in the late 1500s, but Devrient’s waiter figured the actor wanted his usual glass of champagne. So that’s what he brought … and the German word for sparkling wine, sekt, was born. Descending into the cellars of the 13th-century Speyrer Pfleghof, in medieval Esslingen, where Kessler Sekt has been made for nearly 200 years, is a treat you can enjoy in group bookings for 25 euros per person.

On Saturdays, townspeople shop early at the fruit and vegetable market and then meet at Kessler for “Sekt and the city,” says Kessler’s press officer Beatrice Popescu — not a tribute to Sarah Jessica Parker, but rather a courtyard gathering for a glass of bubbly. The stone ceiling hosts an abundance of mold, lovingly referred to as the “Black Cat.” Some 25,000 visitors come each year. Outstanding Finds in Cava Sparkling Wine. The more deeper you explore Cava, the more parallels you find with Champagne.

Outstanding Finds in Cava Sparkling Wine

Surprisingly, even though many are made at a similar quality-level and style to Champagne, Cava is almost always more affordable. “Cava matches Champagne in many ways, often for a small fraction of the price.” This article will help you identify great Cava wines by understanding the production method, different styles, labeling conventions, and grape varieties. The Taste of Cava Champagne-style sparklers (like Cava) undergo a very particular production process.

Champagne crud a.k.a. Autolysis (“auto-lie-sis”, a bi-product of lees aging) has begun. These inactive yeast cells are the key to why Cava is much better competition for Champagne than Prosecco, which doesn’t typically undergo a long-term autolysis. Awesome, Affordable Alternatives to Champagne. There is nothing wrong with Champagne, unless of course you happen to be on a budget.

Awesome, Affordable Alternatives to Champagne

If this is you, then the $600–$750 case price to stock up on decent Champagne for the holidays is not that fun to swallow. Fortunately, there are many sparkling wines that will fit neatly into your holiday drinks budget and they are absolutely fabulous. Top 10 Affordable Champagnes. The Champagne Primer. What is the difference between Champagne and other sparkling wines?

The Champagne Primer

In short, Champagne is only produced in the Champagne region of France, and that’s what we’re going to focus on in this particular article. The History of Champagne Initially a fairly pink wine, Champagne has evolved over the years into what we know it as today. It started, as with many wines, with the Romans who planted vineyards in the Champagne region in northeastern France.

Documents how the cultivation of the vines by the fifth century, but in all probability much earlier than that. With cold winters, the fermentation also stopped which left the yeast sleeping only to awaken in the warmer spring and summer months. It was this happy accident that would turn to a celebration for the Champagne region.

By the mid-nineteenth century, this problem was overcome. Top Champagnes for Celebrating The End of Summer. Taittinger Brut La Française, $52 Delicate, consistent bubbles makes this wine easily paired with a variety of summer meals.

Top Champagnes for Celebrating The End of Summer

Light summer fruit aromas and tastes along with subtle buttery flavors are a perfect pair that come together to make a well-balanced glass. Enjoy this wine with an end of summer seafood feast. Duval-Leroy Brut Premier Cru NV, $59 Fine velvety bubbles dance in the glass of this elegant champagne. Taittinger Prélude, $65 Made from the best grapes of the Grand Cru vineyards, this Taittinger is suave. Krug Grand Cuvée, $150 If you are looking for the ultimate display of elegance and celebrate, this bottle might just be it.

Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé, $70 Rosé is truly back in style and having a beautiful summer moment. Franciacorta is the Next Champagne. Italians love Champagne.

Franciacorta is the Next Champagne

They enjoy an age-old custom of beginning a meal with a conversation and an apertivo. Very often this apertivo takes the shape of an effervescent wine. It has come about that the sparkling wines from Italy’s premier bubbly zone, Franciacorta, emerged from a passion for true French Champagne. We are speaking of the “Champagne Method,” the metodo classico, the labor-intensive, costly way to put bubbles in the bottle, not through tank fermentation but by secondary fermentation within the bottle itself. Franciacorta DOCG fits in well with Italy’s habit of starting things with a sparkle. We know precisely when Franciacorta sparkling wines came into existence. The butler ushered me into the drawing room of Palazzo Lana Berlucchi.

The Tradition of Tank Fermentation In Italy. How to Find Great Sparkling Wine (That Isn't Champagne) Most sparkling wine isn’t Champagne and that’s not a bad thing.

How to Find Great Sparkling Wine (That Isn't Champagne)

Champagne is great but it’s not exactly affordable. A decent entry-level bottle will run you about $40. And, while this is by no means a bad price for a good wine, it’s not exactly what most of us imagine spending for a Taco Tuesday wine. Fortunately, there are solutions. Yes, you can drink fine bubbly all the time. The solution is to look outside of small region of Champagne for good-decently-priced bubbles. Tip #1: Remember, Champagne is just one type of sparkling wine. Italy: Metodo Classico (not Prosecco or Lambrusco: see why)Spain: Cava and EspumosoGermany and Austria: SektSouth Africa: Cap ClassiquePortugal and Argentina: EspumanteUSA, Australia, Chile, etc: Traditional Method and “Méthode Champenoise” Tip #2: France has 23 other sparkling wine regions that are fantastic.

Tip #3: 10 Champagne Cocktails - Recipes for New Years Champagne Drinks.