Champagne is synonymous with celebrations, class and sophistication. People around the world love to pop the cork of a champagne bottle when it’s time to celebrate and make memories. Champagne itself tastes great, however, there are some really good cocktails that are made with Champagne and are real classics.
Interestingly, Champagne, which is a variety of Sparkling Wine, derives its name from a northeastern region in France called Champagne! The sparkling wine was first produced here in the 17th century. Champagne gets its unique flavor due to the blend of grapes, typically Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, often with a touch of Pinot Meunier too. Grapes grown in the Champagne region are the only sparking wines that can legally be referred to as “Champagne”.
The flavors of Champagne can range from dry (or brut), slightly sweet (or demi-sec) to very sweet (or doux). One can select their preferred style ranging from delicate and subtle to rich flavored. Geographically, Sparkling wines produced in North America are more on the fruity side compared to Champagnes from France. On the other hand, Cava from Spain has an earthy character. If you are someone who likes sweeter flavour, Prosecco is a good option..
Champagne and Sparkling Wines are great as aperitifs (good options for drinks before having a meal), however, they also go very well along with meals. The best food pairings: crispy, salty and spicy dishes. Some options: shellfish, scallops, chicken and duck.
Wine is one of the most popular drinks in the world. It is consumed and produced by many countries around the world. Wine boasts a rich history and is being consumed for thousands of years now.
It is believed that there are around ten thousand varieties of wine grapes in the world. These varieties surpass from just those we find in our grocery stores. From grape color, size, shape, flavor, ripening time to growing climatic conditions and producing techniques, there is an endless variety of wines with unique flavors to keep your taste buds busy.
Wine can be categorized under different categories like Still (Non-Sparkling) Table Wines, Sparkling Wines (basic alcohol content 10-11.5%), Dessert/Fortified Wines (basic alcohol content ~14%), Fruit Wines (basic alcohol content ~12%) and other Flavoured Wines (alcohol content varies). Unlike Still wines, Sparkling wines contain excess Carbon Dioxide that is responsible for the bubbles. Sparkling wine goes through a two stage fermentation process, the second adding ~1% additional alcohol content..
Fruit Wines, as the name suggests, these wines are made from fruits such as pears, plums, apples, cherries and many types of berries. Fruit Wines are a little sweet to taste. The dominant flavor and color of the Fruit Wine is that of the fruit used to make it.
Here is a comparison between Wine and Champagne: