Sparkling wines have been around for ages, evolving over the years. The Classic Method or Traditional method of creating sparkling wines is used around the world. But the Term Champagne is used only in the area of Champagne, France with a few exceptions. Even other areas of France do not used the Term Champagne!
In the Champagne area, they use Chardonay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. However, each area of the world uses different grapes for making their sparkling wines, from Parellada, Xarel-lo, Macabeo used in Spain’s Cavas to Glera and Muscat used in Italy’s Prosecco or Shiraz used in Australia. There are many methods of creating sparkling wines including adding carbon dioxide in less expensive wines. Though the English first figured out how to recreate sparkling wines in the 1600’s, the French perfected it!
What ever you choose, we wish you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.