Are you wondering how to choose the right bottle for your party? Are you interested in learning how to tell the difference between types of champagne? On the day that you will remember for the rest of your life, which champagne is the perfect selection for you?
What is champagne?
This delectable beverage is actually a type of sparkling wine. Originally, the only bottles labeled as champagne were those that came from Champagne, France. During later years, wine producers adapted the Champagne method of sparkling wine viniculture in other parts of the world, labeling it as a champagne upon distribution.
One of the major processes that give the sparkling wine its carbonated flavor is the second fermentation. Another distinguishing fact is that pinots and chardonnay grapes are the only two groups used to create authentic champagne.
Dry vs. Sweet
Let your palate do the initial talking. If dry is more your style, look for a bottle with the word brut on it. On the other hand, a label of extra dry or extra sec denotes a hint of sweetness. Generally, champagne contains little sugar so if you’re really looking to appease your sweet tooth, look into a Moscato sparkling wine instead.
Do you prefer an authentic sampling or the next best thing?
Are you someone who requires authenticity? If so, check the label to ensure that the producer does hail from the Champagne region.
In addition to the second fermentation, there are 16 other steps that all authentic champagnes follow.
Dom Pérignon, the grandfather of champagne (yet not the original), has been enjoyed since the 17th century. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blend together in this brand to create some of the most expensive sparkling wines in the world.
Of course, money talks and the champagne that you end up choosing will need to fall in your budget range. Whether fortunately or unfortunately (are you an optimist or a pessimist) a good bottle can cost you from as low as $40 to as high as thousands of dollars.
Luckily, there are many similar sparkling wines (which may taste better to certain people) that cost less. A few examples include American sparkling wine, Crémant, Cava, Prosecco and sparkling reds. These may not have the champagne name but they will taste as light, tingle the tongue and add sophistication to your beautiful day.