Champagne

Champagne

Champagne Sparkling Wines

Champagne is a type of sparkling wine which can only come from Champagne region in France that follows rules that demand secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle to produce carbonation. They also follow specific vineyard practices including the sourcing of grapes exclusively from specific parcels in the Champagne appellation and the specific pressing regimes sole to the region. Most people use Champagne as a generic name for sparkling wines but you really should not label all sparkling wines as Champagne unless it comes from this specific region and is produced under the rules of its appellation.

What does Champagne taste like?

Apple, citrus, cream, pear, strawberry, and vanilla are typically the finish of Champagne. While the yeast and nutty flavors are all common denominators in Sparkling wines and of Champagnes. Champagne has a varying level of sweetness. The sweetness in Champagne is different from that of wine because its sweetness comes in the form of a sweetened “dosage” in a mixture of wine and sugar and or grape which is added to the wine at the end of the second fermentation.

Extra Brut - is an "extra" dry

Brut - dry (most common style and pairs well with any food)

Extra Dry - middle of the road dry, not as dry as Brut (great as an aperitif)

Demi-sec - rather sweet and pairs well with fruits and desserts

Food Pairing

Since most Champagne is deeply dry and has high acidity content it works perfectly as an aperitif paired with shellfish, raw bar, crispy fried and pickled vegetables appetizers. Drinking Champagne with potato chips may sound a little off but it’s also a good pairing.

Other food pairings for Sparkling wines like Champagne:

  • Salami, egg dishes, stuffed mushrooms, veggies, foie gras
  • Buttercream sauce or even buttered popcorn
  • Triple cream (Brie-style) cheese or sweet bread and mascarpone cheese
  • Shrimp and shellfish, caviar, fried calamari, smoked salmon, and oysters
  • Fruit-based desserts such as tarts, crepes, and any buttered or honeyed dessert
  • Shortbread cookies are also a surprisingly great pair because the acidity in Champagne cuts through the rich butter of the cookie.

Characteristics:

GRAPES: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes
METHOD: ‘Traditional Method’
*A standard pour of Brut Champagne has ~128 Calories (12% ABV)

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