How many times have you gone to the grocery store or a wine shop to buy Champagne or sparkling wine for your celebration and been mystified by all the choices? California, France, Asti, Prosecco, Champagne, cheap, expensive, ungodly expensive, the list goes on and on. I asked my associate Brandon Grace, a wine and spirits expert, to help my followers understand the difference and bring some clarity to your holiday celebrations.
Watch our vlog on Sparkling Wine and Champagne below as I interview a wine expert, Brandon Grace.
I've also listed some main points below and a separate video on How to Open a Bottle of Sparkling lower on the page.
Happy New Year from Boots and Bow Ties!
Need to Know- Buying Sparking Wine
The Tank Method is used to produce sweeter wines like Prosecco. It is a bit less expensive and retains a more fruity quality.
Traditional Method or Méthode Champenoise
The Traditional Method where the second fermentation takes place in the bottle is the method used to make French Champagne, Spanish Cava and most American sparkling wines.
Vintage Champagne is wine that is only from one year and is not blended with other harvests. Only a few excellent years occur every decade so these are more coveted. This has nothing to do with how old the bottle may be.
Buying A Non-Vintage from a Great House
Non-vintage Champagnes are bottles mixed from several years of harvesting to achieve a certain flavor. Selecting a non-vintage from a famous Champagne house is a great way to purchase a less expensive bottle that has a superior name and flavor while not breaking the bank.
Great Champagne and Sparkling Wine Houses
Need more information on some excellent champagne purveyors?
Here are some of my picks below with links.
How to Open A Bottle of Sparkling Wine
Learn below the easy way to open a bottle of sparking wine from my guest Brandon Grace.