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Looking to celebrate a special occasion or simply treat yourself to a night of wining and dining? Browse our curated selection of refreshing and famous sparkling wines from around the world.
What is sparkling wine?
Sparkling wine is made from various white or red grape varieties, with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier being some of the most commonly used grapes. The production process of sparkling wine involves creating CO2 gas, which gives the wine its bubbles or its signature “sparkling” fizzy taste. The traditional method is commonly used to produce sparkling wines, where yeast and sugar are added to still wine to undergo the secondary fermentation process before bottling. After fermentation, the wine is aged on its lees to enhance its flavour and complexity.
Other production methods, such as Charmat Method and Transfer Method, can produce a unique sub-style of the wine, along with other factors like grape variety and winemaking techniques. The production process plays a vital role in determining the quality and characteristics of the sparkling wine.
What types of sparkling wine are there?
There are several types of sparkling wine which can be classified into three main categories – Champagne, Prosecco, and Cava.
Champagne is the most well-known type of sparkling wine, made exclusively from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes using the traditional method. Champagne is usually dry, with a creamy texture and yeasty flavor, and it pairs well with fried finger foods, cheese and oysters.
Named after the Italian village that first produced it, Prosecco is a sparkling white wine that can only be produced within Veneto, Italy. However, 2020 saw the introduction of a rosé Prosecco variety, which includes a small amount of Pinot Noir. Prosecco is made primarily from the Glera grape using the Charmat method. Prosecco is best paired with Mediterranean-style dishes, meat-based canapés, fresh or lightly grilled seafood, and salads.
Cava is a Spanish sparkling wine produced in Catalonia using the traditional method, primarily made from indigenous grape varieties like Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarel-lo. However, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir can also be used.
It has a fruity flavour with crisp acidity and can be produced in various styles and colours, from dry to sweet, and white to rosé. It is often compared to champagne but is generally more affordable due to differences in production costs and regulations.
Cava is a versatile wine that can be enjoyed on its own or paired with various foods, including seafood, tapas, and spicy dishes. Try the VILLA CONCHI Cava Brut Rose with red fruit notes of strawberry, raspberry, and cranberry with your next meal.
Cava vs Prosecco
Cava is produced in Spain using traditional production methods similar to those used in the Champagne region of France. Cava tends to have a crisp, dry flavour profile with notes of citrus and apple and is often aged for longer periods on its lees compared to other sparkling wines.
Prosecco, on the other hand, is produced in Italy using the Charmat method, in which the secondary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks rather than in the bottle. Prosecco has a lighter, fruitier flavour profile with notes of peach, pear, and floral aromas.
Both Cava and Prosecco sparkling wines are made according to strict Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) guidelines, which act as trademarks for food or drinks produced in specific regions.
Ultimately, the choice between Cava and Prosecco comes down to personal preference and the occasion. Cava pairs well with seafood and tapas, while Prosecco is often served as an aperitif or in cocktails.
Sparkling white wine
Sparkling rose wine
Made by partially incorporating the colour of grape skins, rosé sparkling wines like Blue Nun Rosé Edition come in a variety of hues, including peach, pink, and even ruby red.
Sparkling red wine
Less common than sparkling white or rosé wines but still widely available. Popular choices include the Lambrusco Emilia Amabile Ambassadors.
Is sparkling wine champagne?
No. Champagne is a specific type of sparkling wine produced only in Champagne, France and adheres to strict PDO guidelines. This means that although all champagne is sparkling wine, not all sparkling wines are champagne.
Which sparkling wine brands are the most popular?
Prosecco, the Italian sparkling wine, has become the most sought-after bubbly across the globe, outselling the combined sales of Spanish cava and French champagne. Cantine Riondo Prosecco E. Dry is a popular choice. Alternatively, Angove Chalk Hill Blue Bubbles and Blue Nun 22K Gold Edition Sparkling are some of Whisky.my’s best-selling sparkling wine brands.
Sparkling wine: Bubbly joy with every sip
The effervescence and refreshing taste of sparkling wine make it the perfect accompaniment to every occasion, from weddings and graduations to dinner parties and brunches. So get yourself a bottle of fizz today!