When choosing the right sparkling wine to enjoy or serve to your guests, you will notice just how many types are available. For the most part, they can be divided into two main groups based on the method used. Here’s what you need to know about the next bottle of bubbly you order.
Two main types
The two main types are sparkling wine and champagne. Sparkling varieties are so called because they are made using the tank method. The second fermentation process takes place in the tank and this creates larger bubbles like those in a bottle of Prosecco. Champagne, on the other hand is unique in that the second fermentation occurs in the bottle where yeasts and sugars are added. This results in smaller bubbles.
As mentioned above, the bubble are smaller and it is called Champagne because it is made in the Champagne region of France. All Champagne is sparkling wine but not all bottles of bubbly can be considered Champagne. These bottles have a fruity flavour but they are not always sweet.
Like Champagne, this sparkling wine gets its name from the region in which is is produced in Italy. These bottles are on the sweeter side which is why it is such a popular choice for celebrating all occasions. It is also often used in various cocktail recipes.
This Spanish sparkling wine is made in Catalonia. It is loved for its lemony flavour with pear and citrus undertones. It has rich floral tones but it is not as sweet as most other bottles of bubbly.
This sparkling wine can be produced in various areas of France including Loire, Burgundy and Limoux. It is made using the same traditional method as Champagne. The flavour, however, tends to vary depending on the grapes used. It is most often creamy and nutty but not too sweet.
Made in Germany, this is one of the least sweetest options when it comes to sparkling wine. It is also known for having alcohol levels as low as 6%. It is loved for its rich fruity and floral aromas.
If you enjoy rosé as a still wine, you could be more inclined to enjoy it as a sparkling wine too. It has a lovely pink colour along with a fruity aroma. Some of the best varieties come from France, Italy and California
Now that you know all about the different types of sparkling wine, it’s time to shop! With the knowledge of what to expect from each bottle, all that’s left is to put your taste buds to the test. Everyone is different so your preferences could vary greatly from those of your friends and family.