The difference between "Sparkling Wine" and "Champagne"?
(Last updated October 30th, 2016)
As the holiday season is approaching we thought we try to answer some frequent questions regarding Champaign and Sparkling wines.
What is the difference between “Sparkling Wine” and “Champagne”?
A very short answer: A sparkling wine should only be called Champagne if it comes from the region of Champagne, France. Period. Sparkling Wine is made all around the world and here in Ontario. (Read our review of one of my favorite: Cuvée Catharine Rosé Brut )There are also bubblies produced in France outside of the Champagne region, under “Cremant” designation. But the only ‘true’ Champagne is from the region near Paris, France.
Fact or Fiction: Does a Spoon in the Bottle Keep Champagne or Sparkling wine bubbly?
Puting a teaspoon appears to have little to no effect on preserving carbonation. So then how do you keep bubbles int the bottle u may ask? Well, you can drink a little faster or put a cork in the bottle but the main consensus out there is: Keep it cold!
The explanation: liquids, including water, carbon dioxide is more soluble at low temperature, so cold liquids retain their dissolved gas better, hence more bubbles if they stay cold!
Every year over 950,000+ N.Americans,suffer Champagne Injury. So here is a step by step guide on opening a bubbly safely.
How to safely open a Champaign or Sparkling wine like a BOSS!
– Remove foil. I like to remove all of it.
– Loosen the wire cage: Remove and discard the cage.
– Drape a towel over bottle: So the cork is now exposed, drape a dishtowel over the top of the bottle, in case built-up pressure causes the cork to pop on its own. (The towel will also be at the ready in case any of the wine spills.)
– Twist the bottom hand until the cork eases out, while keeping the bottle pointed in a safe direction (i.e. away from you your pets other people), hold the cork firmly while turning the bottle slowly, toward you, as you turn the bottle from the base, you should feel the cork start to loosen and then ease into your hand until you hear the soft pop of the cork. Whola!
Note: Good champaign glass holds the bubbles longer so don’t cheap out! To avoid overflow, pour only about an inch of wine into each glass at first, wait a little then continue filling to just below the rim.
Read more on the topic of Champaign and Sparkling wines on Eric Vellends wonderful review.