Get an Education in All Things Sparkling and Bubbly

Is there anything more celebratory than a bottle of something sparkling and bubbly? We think not. But when it comes to picking out the perfect beverage for that joyous occasion, we get a lot of questions:

“What’s the difference between champagne and sparkling wine?”

“Why does champagne cost more?”

“Which one should I buy?”

We hear you. It can be kind of confusing. But it doesn’t have to be. Grab a seat and let us teach you everything you need to know about fine fizzy wines.

What is Sparkling Wine?

Champagne and sparkling wine aren’t all that different. Either one can be used to make mimosas or give a toast.

Here’s why.

Sparkling wine is any wine that has had carbon dioxide added to it, turning it into a fizzy or bubbly drink. In fact, champagne is a type of sparkling wine. But not all sparkling wines are champagnes. There are actually many varieties of sparkling wine.

While wine usually goes through a single fermentation process, sparkling wine undergoes two. Any type of wine (white, rosé, or red) can become bubbly if it is given a second round of fermentation.

There are two ways that carbonation can be added to wine:

The Traditional Method

Also called “méthode champenoise” (you can probably guess why), the traditional method is done by adding sugar and yeast to each bottle of wine, allowing the fermentation to happen within the bottles. This is the method used for champagne and other high-end sparkling wines.

The Charmat Method

In this method, fermentation happens in a large tank and the wine is bottled afterward. Prosecco is one of the more popular wines that use the Charmat method.

How is Champagne Different from Other Sparkling Wines?

What makes champagne unique is it is made in the Champagne region of France. Thanks to the area’s longstanding tradition of high-quality winemaking, and it’s mineral-rich soil, champagne has become one of the top wine choices in the world.

Wine made with the same types of grapes, using the same process, in any other part of the world is not really champagne. Although some American winemakers are allowed to use “champagne” on their labels, it will never be the authentic “champagne.”

Which Sparkling and Bubbly Wine Should I Buy?

With so many different choices, it can be difficult to decide on what you want. Is it worth splurging on real Champagne for your party? Or is there a sparkling wine better suited to your needs?

This is our advice: get to know your options, try a few, and see what you like. Sparkling wines come in all color varieties and range from dry to sweet. While champagne is lauded as the greatest of bubbly beverages, everyone has different tastes and preferences.

When choosing the right bottle for your next celebration, look at all the fabulously fizzy options you have and find something you enjoy.

Find the Perfect Sparkling and Bubbly Bottle for Any Occasion

Whether you are hosting a fancy brunch or marking a milestone, finding the right sparkling wine or champagne is all about taste. Stop by Festival Wine & Spirits next time you need some bubbly, and we can help you find something you will love. Browse our fine selection of wines today.