All About The Bubbles
New Years Eve is all about the champagne, celebrating life and the anticipation of things to come in the coming year…..a clean slate, changes, focus, determination….HOPE. I think it’s my favorite holiday of the year. As a kid, my parents would let us stay up to watch Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve and as soon as the ball dropped, we’d pop our Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider, say cheers and read our goals for the coming year to everybody……you know, for accountability, lol.
Now, as an adult, I do regret not making it to Times Square for the Ball Drop when Dick Clark was still living but my goal list has changed….I want to spend NYE somewhere different every year and I’m excited to see where my travels will take me.
So let’s talk bubbles – Champagne & Sparkling Wines…..do you know the difference?
A true champagne is produced in the Champagne Region of France with grapes grown in the region and follow a strict set of rules that demand, among other things, secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle to create carbonation, specific vineyard practices, etc. Some countries use Champagne as a generic term for sparkling wine, but in many places it’s illegal to label a product as Champagne unless it meets the true requirements.
“All Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne”
- Sekt: This German version of sparkling wine can vary in sweetness and dryness and is typically less alcoholic than Champagne. During the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, France was given ownership of the classification “Champagne.” Germany’s sparkling wine has been known as Sekt ever since.
- Prosecco: This popular Italian sparkling wine has large bubbles and a fruity aroma—making it a common choice for mixed drinks like mimosas or bellinis. Made with Glera grapes as well as Bianchetta Trevigiana, this is most often a dry or very dry sparkling wine.
- Cava: A Spanish sparkling wine made from Macabeu grapes, this variety is said to have very similar flavor to Champagnes.
- French sparkling wine: Sparkling wines can come from France (outside of the Champagne region) and are made in a variety of sweet, dry and rosé varieties.
- American sparkling wine: From blends using traditional Champagne grapes to vintages with a completely different recipe, there are endless flavors to discover in sparkling wines.
Here are some of our favorites in Napa & Sonoma for Bubbles:
Sigh Sonoma – www.sighsonoma.com 120 West Napa St., Sonoma
Domaine Carneros – www.domainecarneros.com 1240 Duhig Road, Napa
Schramsberg – www.schramsberg.com 1400 Schramsberg Road, Calistoga
Domaine Chandon – www.domainechandon.com 1 California Drive, Yountville
Mumm Napa – www.mummnapa.com 8445 Silverado Trail, Napa
JCB by Jean Charles Boissett – http://www.jcbcollection.com 6505 Washington St. Yountville
J Vineyards – www.jwine.com 11447 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg
Breathless Wines – www.breathlesswines.com 499 Moore Lane, Healdsburg
Here’s to you and yours for health, prosperity and a fabulous New Year!!!!