Sparkling wine has become a part of every celebration, and the trend is spreading across the globe, says Peter Salzano a popular food blogger and a food connoisseur. The sparkling wine also known as champagne has become as important as a cake for a celebration.
But for those who are aware of the difference between champagne and other sparkling wines will know the importance and difference of the task and texture. In this article, Peter J Salzano has shared some best tips on finding quality sparkling wine. Let’s go through the tips and learn how to find the best sparkling wine:
- You must know the difference between Champagne & other sparkling wines
There are different types of sparkling wine: Champagne among which the most common are Champagne, prosecco, cava, and sparkling wine from the United States. Whereas, Champagne can only be called Champagne if it comes from the Champagne region in northern France.
A typical Champagne is made from a blend of three varieties of grapes i.e. pinot noir, chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. In the case of sparkling wine check what the wine describes as “brut” or “extra dry.” Extra dry will taste sweet whereas dry sparkling wine will not be sweet as compared to the extra dry.
- The Size of the Bubbles
The size of the bubbles is also a true indicator of the quality of the wine. If the bubbles are smaller the quality of sparkling wine is better. A wine lover will know the difference from the size of the bubbles, so next time when you try Champagne pay attention to the size of the bubbles to know the quality.
- Decode the Label
When you go out to buy a bottle of Champagne pay attention to the label as it has all the information you need to pick the bottle. If the label says “Brut” it means it’s not that sweet. But if you like sweet sparkling wine, then you should look for Demi-Sec or Doux.
To find the right wine you need to be familiar with the basic terms, that classify the sparkling wine in different categories depending upon the sweetness.
The basic terms are:
- Brut Nature
- Extra Brut
- Extra Dry
The Doux is the sweetest among all and based on your taste preference can select the sparkling wine for yourself.
- The longer it’s been aged in the cellar, the better
The sparking wine improves with extended aging. The winemakers may extend the tirage period in order to make a richer style of wine. The triage period is generally:
- 9 months tirage
- 15 months- 2 years tirage
- 3 years to 8 years tirage
The price of sparkling wine may also depend on the tirage period. Whereas the wine sellers also share the information about the tiring period of the wine, as that is what they deal in.
These are the top four tips that will help you find the best sparkling wine for the celebration. Peter J Salzano says, it becomes easy to choose a sparkling wine when you have tasted a few and now are familiar with what you like. Some like the sparkling one that is sweet and some hate it if it’s sweet.