Complex in taste yet easy to drink, a chilled glass of bubbly will go down a treat whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just enjoying an evening with friends.
What is Sparkling Wine
Sparkling wines come in different styles, from Italian Prosecco to France’s highly regarded Champagne. There are a few methods for producing sparkling wines, but most go through two fermentations; one to produce the wine and another to introduce the fizz.
During the second fermentation, a mixture of yeast and sugar is added to the wine. The yeast converts the sugar into alcohol, and carbon dioxide is a natural by product of this. With nowhere to go, the CO2 is trapped inside the bottle, which is how all those lovely bubbles are formed.
This process can take anywhere from a few months to ten years, and the longer it takes to produce, the more complex the wine’s flavours will be.
Serving Suggestions & Wine Cocktails
Sparkling wines should be served ice cold, around 8-10 ˚C. The best way to achieve this temperature is to put the bottle in a bucket with cold water and ice and leave it for around 30 minutes. Once opened, keep the bottle in the ice water bucket until every last drop has been enjoyed.
Sparkling wines also make some of the classiest wine cocktails, so if you want to mix it up a bit; try a fruity Bellini or sophisticated French Kir.
Varieties of Sparkling Wine
Sparkling wines come in many varieties, from dry to sweet and semi-sparkling to sparkling. Champagne is of course the most well-known type of sparkling wine, but other popular varieties include the Italian Lambrusco, Spanish Cava, Italian Prosecco and German and Austrian Sekt.
Food Matching Recommendations
Sparkling wine is most often brought out for a celebratory toast, but it pairs quite nicely with food too. Smoked salmon, caviar and brie tend to complement sparkling wines, but if you’re having more than just an appetiser, go for fresh pasta dishes with creamy sauces or seafood and sushi.