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Champagne… deciphering a wine label part 2

Interesting information about Grand Cru and Premier Cru…

CURIOUS WINE DRINKER

In our previous post on deciphering a wine label, we tackled: who makes the Champagne, how the Champagne is made, and what type of grapes are used.  In this follow-on post, we will look at non-vintage vs. vintage, dry / off-dry / sweet levels, and rating designations (Grand Cru and Premier Cru).

Vintage vs. Non-vintage?

What’s the difference between non-vintage (typically noted on the bottle with “NV”) and vintage Champagne?  Let’s take a look:

  • Non-vintage (NV)  – Non-vintage Champagne represent the house style of a Champagne producer.  It is the winemaker’s job to ensure the Champagne tastes consistent release after release (typically by blending still wines from different years to create the right flavor before starting the second fermentation in the bottle).  If you find a NV Champagne you like, you know you can buy this NV Champagne from the same producer year-in and year-out and get the same flavor…

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Champagne… deciphering the wine label

Good info about champagne bottle labels…

CURIOUS WINE DRINKER

So here you are at the Champagne section of your local wine shop surrounded by an array of bottles.  You pick one up and look at it, then go to the next.  What’s difference between the two?  You can tell a lot about a Champagne just based on what is on the label.  Let’s take a look!

This is the second post in our Sparkling Series and here we will be deciphering a Champagne label.

First thing, make sure this is a true Champagne – see our previous post on the name Champagne: What’s in a name?  Bubbly, Sparkling, Champagne… .

Deciphering a Champagne Label

WHO MAKES IT?

The Champagne house or producer (also known as winery) is prominently displayed front and center on the label.  Each Champagne house does have it’s own style, so once you find one you like you may want to try their entire line-up or look for other producers with…

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Chocolate And Sparkling Wine Pairings For Valentine’s Day!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

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Valentine table on set of WSLS Daytime Blue Ridge Television…

http://wsls.com/2017/02/13/chocolate-and-champagne-pairing/

All sparkling wines listed in this post are under $20 per bottle!

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RIVAROSE in Salon de Provence …  The lacy label is so pretty! Produced in the southern Rhône Valley, fresh with notes of strawberry and raspberry made from Syrah and Grenache grapes.

Love pink sparkly wine for Valentine’s Day!

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Duc d’O White Chocolate Truffles with Strawberry ~ perfect pairing with RIVAROSE!

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 Pierre Sparr Crémant Brut Réserve

Cremant is where it’s at! The word refers to sparkling wines made in France that come from specific regions; specifically NOT from Champagne. Cremants are a great way to start to learn the rules of which grapes grow in which regions: Cremant d’Alsace (Pinot Blanc), Cremant de Bourgogne (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Cremant de Loire (Chenin Blanc), Cremant de Limoux (Mauzac!), and on and on and on. Oftentimes, you’re getting similar quality and on-par deliciousness without the scary price tags that come with Champagne.” —Theresa Paopao (Ribelle) Boston, MA

Notes of biscotti, almond, lemon make this sparkling wine a perfect pairing with Baylee’s Best Lemonade Chocolates (tastes like you are biting into a fresh lemon dipped in rich dark chocolate).

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Chandon Rosé

The strawberry and ripe cherry flavors in this California sparkling wine pair perfectly with Fine Champagne Truffles and Milk Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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