The world of wines does not just include red and white wines. If you wish, you can explore the many other types of wines that are available to you.
Bubbly wines are a favorite for special celebrations such as weddings or ringing in the New Year. Sparkling wines are also wonderful to drink in front of a cozy fire or during an elegant brunch.
On the top of the list of sparkling wines are champagnes. In many parts of Europe, the designation “champagne” is allowed to be used only in reference to the bubbly wines produced in the Champagne region of France. Sparking wines produced in other regions of France cannot be designated as champagne.
For many years, sparkling wine producers in the United States called their wines champagnes. Wine producers did this largely because consumers in the United States were familiar with the word “champagne” and the qualities attributed to drinking champagne. The wine producers felt that placing “sparkling wine” on the labels would be less desirable to consumers.
However, bubbly wine drinkers in the United States have become more sophisticated as the quality of wine production in the United States has improved. Today, more and more wine producers are switching to labeling their wines “sparkling wine,” taking pride in the quality of their products.
Some notable champagnes and sparking wines include:
- Chandon Blanc de Noirs: Napa Valley, California
- Dom Perignon: Reims, Champagne, France
- Martini and Rossi Asti Spumante: Piedmont Region, Italy.
Typically, three types of grapes are used to make champagne in France:
- Pinot Meunier
- Pinot Noir.
In Italy, Muscat blanco is used to make bubbly wines. In larger production facilities, Columbard, Chenin Blanc, Sultana and Shiraz grapes are also used.
Many experts have less than kind remarks about blush wines. Despite this, the popularity of blush wines is very high.