“I’m drinking the stars!”
(Dom Perignon’s fictional but entertaining quote when he first tasted sparkling wine….he was blind)
Some of us at TRiO are total “Bubble Freaks”! Fortunately we have more than 100 different choices on the shelves. Most people think of Champagne as THE sparkling wine. This, however, accounts for a small percentage of all the sparkling wine made in the world. Champagne is technically made only in the Champagne region of France, about 90 miles east of Paris. All other wine areas of France make bubbly wine but use different terms. For example, the term Cremant is used in 7 different regions to designate sparkling wine.
Bubbles have found a happy home in almost every wine making area in the world: Cava from Spain, Prosecco and Moscato from Italy, Sekt from Germany and Champagne-style sparkling wines from the US and other New World wine regions are examples of the diversity of choices available starting at just $8.99, for Simonet, a delicious French sparkling wine good enough to drink by itself, but great with OJ in mimosas!
In Champagne the 3 predominant grapes used are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. These classic grapes are used in many sparkling wines worldwide. However, bubbles can be made with any grapes a wine maker chooses. Cava is made with native Spanish grapes, Germany’s Sekt is often made with Riesling, Prosecco is from the Glera grape of Italy and Moscato is Moscato.
Bubbles are fun and not just for celebrations. They come in different colors, flavors and degrees of sweetness…..something for everyone! We’ll continue to explore the wonders of bubbles in future articles.
Trio Somm’s Recommendations:
Mumm Cordon Rouge NV, France….this true champagne is a steal at $38.99
Montelliana Prosecco at $11.99. It is an easy drinking crowd pleaser, fresh, crisp & so perfect for this sultry summer time.
Bailly Lapiere Cremant Rose at $14.99 from France’s Burgundy region. This blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay tastes as fancy as the label looks.
“Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!”