Whether you’re hosting a fun-fancy dinner party, need a gift for a special occasion, or it’s just another mimosa-filled Sunday Funday, it can be challenging to really sparkle while making right choice without breaking the bank or losing the wine’s integrity. To clear up some of that confusion I created a brief crash course of what you NEED to know about sparkling wine and how much money SHOULD be spent on the different styles.
1. Traditional Method:
This is the how Champagne*(regional distinction), Crémant, and Cava are made! This process requires multiple steps and longer ageing. In turn, making it more expensive to make but with some tasty results. The bubbles are smooth and“mousse-y”, very important traits to look for in terms of quality. There are also these layers of yeasty, citrus-y, and fruity flavors along with a certain level of acidity which is better for food pairing vs. mixing in that fruit juice (see next section).
How to pair traditional champagne with food:
Now, when it comes to gifting, don’t get ahead of yourself. Whether it’s a housewarming gift, for a wedding/engagement, to celebrate a new baby or new job, what have you, just make yourself a price point you want to stay within you and don’t be afraid to ask your local wine merchant.
And now for the other method of bubbly…
2. Tank Method aka Charmant: