It’s the sweet, joyful little effervescence bubbles that makes sparkling wine so delightful. The bubbles are created by trapping carbon dioxide. At many special events, sparkling wine will automatically be included as part of the celebration. The reason being, is that the wine itself appears to be having a party on its own with all those little dancing bubbles. For someone who has never tried a sparkling wine, it is difficult to describe its taste or experience.
When you pop the cork of sparkling wine, the carbon dioxide flavor instantly fills the air and immediately fills your senses. This wine has its own unique qualities and can instantly make any event a special celebration. Not only is this wine fun to look at, but tasting it is even more fun with its dancing bubbles that will delight your tongue. Similar to the extraordinary beauty of a fine cut diamond, sparkling wine has it own wonderful splendor that makes it standout from other types of wine.
For those of you wondering “is there a difference between champagne and sparkling wine and if so what?” There is a difference between champagne and most sparkling wines. Champagne in essence is a sparkling wine, but the name champagne can only be put on sparkling wine that comes directly from the Champagne region in France. There is also a difference in the quality and taste of their sparkling wine versus many other sparkling wines. The difference is in the quality of the grapes but most importantly the difference lies in the processing method. Today there are many wineries that follow the traditional method of making a sparkling wine that would rival the original champagne, but only if it is processed with quality grapes using the champagne-like processing method.
However, there are some also a wide variety of sparkling wines that are made from poor quality grapes and fermented though quick, bulk processing methods and distributed around the world for quick profits. Often these wines tend to be sweeter with additional sugars added in to offset the poor quality in grapes and processing. They are pretty easy to spot as they usually are sold at a much lesser price. They do not reflect the original quality because they are not made using the classic champagne wine-making process. I have heard people say that champagne gives them headaches; but this could be caused by drinking a cheap bottle of sparkling wine that has been made with poor processing standards.
Sparkling wine was first discovered in France by Dom Perignon, who was a monk in the Champagne region. There are many variations of this story, but it appears true that he actually stumbled upon this fine wine while performing his duties in the Benedictine Abbey wine cellar. Initially Dom Perignon’s sparkling wine was not popular at first, but it grew to become very popular over the years and today has grown into a multi-billion dollar business. Dom eventually became the chief wine maker at the abbey and over the many years, perfected the champagne fermenting process until his death in 1715. Once the French people and wine lovers around the world tried this amazing sparkling wine, they became immediate and lasting fans. From then on, it did not take long for Dom Perignon to become a legend and one of the most important wine makers to come from the rich and cherished wine-making history of France.
The formula and techniques that Dom used to produce his sparkling wine eventually become known as the traditional way of making champagne, called (Methode Champenoise) which includes a second in-bottle fermentation process. The process is still used throughout the world today, producing some of the best sparkling wines. Even though sparkling wines are made in various locations, many are in agreement that the best place remains the Champagne region of France, the original birthplace of sparkling wine and the first beginning and introduction to the world. There are many, many sparkling wines that come from this region at surprisingly affordable prices. If you have never tasted a sparkling wine or if you have never tasted a sparkling wine that you enjoy, try getting a higher quality wine or even sampling the original Dom Perignon. If you love sparkling wine and want to taste a good quality then it is important to buy your sparkling wine to a higher standard at a price that you can afford, as the quality varies greatly.
With most events, sparkling wine is the essential choice for celebrations and special occasions. You will find a wide variety of sparkling wines to choice from, but many people still prefer the original, Dom Perignon. No matter what the future of wine will be, you can be assured that sparkling wine will always be a favorite choice for celebrations. It has the look, taste and smell of joy and will be the one that people will take notice of immediately whenever the cork is popped on a bottle of sparkling wine.
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