Monthly Archives: December 2015

All That Sparkles

A sparkling post by the effervescent Tonya. Wishing y’all a very bubbly New Year!

fourth generation farmgirl

I absolutely love fizzy and sparkling wines!  And, since New Year’s Eve celebrations are fast approaching, I thought it may be fun and helpful to share some information about Champagne and sparkling wines.  I’ve also included a few of my favorites.

Champagne:

First, all that sparkles isn’t Champagne.  Sparkling wine can only be called Champagne if it’s from the Champagne region in France and made in the traditional method (méthode champenoise).  The traditional method is a labor intensive, multi-step process (two fermentations) that contributes to the expense.  Champagne can be made from three grapes:  chardonnay and red-skinned pinot noir and pinot meunier.  Sometimes the label will use the terms “blanc de blancs” meaning the wine was made from white grapes, or “blanc de noirs” indicating that the Champagne is a white wine made from the dark pinot noir and pinot meunier varieties.  There are also different levels of dryness/sweetness…

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The best Champagnes for Christmas and New Years Eve

Bubbly tips to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! Cheers!

The Wine Wankers

At this time of year, Champagne is your best friend!  It helps you survive the office Christmas party, the tension fuelled family get-togethers and finally the chiming in of the New Year.  Choosing the wrong Champagne, or indeed ‘sparkling wine’, could be a recipe for disaster – thankfully the Wine Wankers are here to set you straight! 

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