The lively, effervescent bubbles of sparkling wine rising up in your glass elevate your mood with it! A reason why popping a bottle of bubbly to mark a special moment has become popular.

Most often we tend to associate sparkling wine with Champagne. But in reality, sparkling wine is the category, and Champagne is just one of the many sparkling wines. There are other sparkling wines like Cava, Prosecco, Sekt, Crémant etcetera. They differ in the way they are produced, the region where they come from, the grapes used and how they taste.

Sparkling wine served at a Bangalore Wine Trails Dinner

Popular Sparkling wines

Champagne: This is the most prestigious and dominant sparkling wine in the world. So much so, that it has become a generic term for sparkling wine for many. However, like Scotch whisky, for any sparkling wine to be legally labeled Champagne, the wine must be made in, and from grapes grown in the Champagne region of north-eastern France. A combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier grapes are allowed in Champagne production.

Celebrating Christmas with G.H. Mumm Champagne

So, why is Champagne so expensive? Many reasons. One, the geography of the region itself and the harsh climatic conditions under which the grapes are grown; two, the rigorous, labor intensive and time consuming winemaking process; three, the heritage of some of the France’s Champagne houses; and four, its symbolic association with luxury.

Taste: Champagne has tiny, fine bubbles, high acidity, and is typically a dry style. It is rich, creamy and complex with signature nutty or toasty notes.

Styles of Champagne: Non-Vintage/Vintage, Prestige cuvée, Blanc de noirs, Blanc de blancs, Rosé Champagne