• By Sue Shelden   |   Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm   |     |   Print   |   Permalink

I love sparkling wines and am fascinated by their history and, well, taste! There is SO much to learn, though. We all know that Champagne is from the Champagne region in France. No ifs, ands or buts–the French are very clear about this!

So, what about all the other sparkling wines? Well, thank you for asking! Here are some of the basics:

The Spaniards produce Cava (Cava Poema & Freixenet are two wonderful examples.)

The Italian sparkling wines are Prosecco (a really good wine to use in making cocktails!,) Franciacorta, Lambrusco, Trento DOC and Asti. Look for Spumante or Frizzante–Spumantes bubble, Frizzantes fizz.

The Germans & Austrians have Sekt, most of which stays in their countries, being a bit too sweet for the rest of us!

The Americans have a plethora of sparkling wines–best known are André, Cook’s, Tott’s and Korbel, but some of the best known of the French Champagne producers now have vineyards in California, such as Moët et Chandon, Roederer and Tattinger.

Indiana has lots of sparkling wines–Oliver has Vidal Blanc and Catawba. Chateau Thomas has their Muscat Canelli. Cooper’s Hawk has Almond sparkling wine–a “must,” I’m told! Mallow Run has given Indiana’s signature wine, Traminette, a sparkle!

Truth be told, the easiest way to look for sparkling wines is to go to the “sparkling wines” section in your favorite liquor store, but sometimes the fun is in the hunt!

So, go out and hunt down some bubbly and raise your glass to all those people who have worked to give us these happy, sparkly beverages!

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