There are certain holidays and special occasions that call for bubbly… Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Weddings… but I’m a strong believer for any-occasion champagne drinking. Can’t agree on what wine to pair with your dinner? Attending a company cocktail party? Getting together with friends on a Saturday afternoon? Champagne or sparkling wines are the answer.
Here’s a few basic tips on Champagne and Sparkling Wines:
Sweetness levels (for both Champagne and Sparkling Wines): Brut = Dry, Sec = Dryish, Demi-sec = Medium, Dry Doux = Medium Sweet.
Champagne must come from the region of Champagne in northeast France. There are only three grapes permitted for the production of champagne; Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.
How to read a champagne label.
Sparkling Wines can come from any region and can include additional grape varieties such as Pinot Gris, Muscat, Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, etc.
Names of sparkling wines by region: Cava = Spain, Spumante = Italy, Sekt = Germany, Cap Classique = South Africa.
Since we are quickly approaching a champagne worthy holiday, I’m also including a sophisticated champagne cocktail recipe to ‘Cheers’ to your Valentine!