Sparkling Wines

Sparkling wines are often mistakenly called Champagne, which is the name reserved for sparkling wines produced in the Champagne region of France.  Sparkling wine is a wine with dissolved carbon dioxide which produces an effervescence when opened and poured into the glass.

There are three basic methods of producing Sparkling wines: traditional methode champenoise of fermenting in the original bottle, transfer process of moving it to a new container, and charmat process where the wine is artificially carbonated.  California Sparkling wines are made from a number of grapes and use one of these three processes. Styles range from bone dry to sweet dessert styles wines.  Flavors:  Citrus, peach, strawberry, apple, butter, toast, and minerality.

Common Sparkling Wine Types: 

 Blanc de Blancs – A sparkling white wine made from white grapes, normally Chardonnay grapes.  Great with fresh oysters, shellfish, and ceviche.

 Blanc de Noirs – A sparking white wine make from red grapes (Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier) by fermenting the must without the presence of skins.  Pairs with soft, nutty cheeses, pork with light herbal sauces, and nut-crusted fish.

 Sparkling Rose – A California term for sparkling wine made from red grapes (Pinot Noir).  Goes with smoked salmon, shrimp, and duck.

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Rosé Wines

Dessert Wines

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