Some time ago Louis Stevenson gave his definition of wine; he said ’Wine is bottled poetry’. Unfortunately, the poet said nothing about sparkling wine, but let’s try to restore justice and modify this quote. Sparkling wine may be compared with bottled fireworks. Indeed, does any ceremony or celebration go without this bubbling beverage? It may be a small personal victory or the arrival of welcome guests that will become the cause for rejoicing. That bottle of Champagne you were keeping for a special occasion is brought out and opened. And while watching how your glass is being filled with sparkling wine, you feel that this firework of tiny bubbles bursting on the surface is set off in your honour!
Champagne is synonymous with luxury and celebration, and is often seen as expensive as a result. But why is that the case? France is not only famous for the Eiffel Tower, but also for the Champagne region. It is situated 90 miles from Paris and houses 34,000 ha of vineyards. Only wine originated from this particular area may be named Champagne, which gives it the exclusivity that’s reflected in the price tag. The region also lent its name to production method also known as Méthode Champenoise, Metodo Classico, Méthode Traditionelle or the French method. The process of crafting French bubbly is expensive enough. It is worth mentioning that second fermentation (adding yeast and sugar) takes place in each bottle. Therefore, it reflects on the final price that is high enough to make you change your mind to purchase this luxury item.
However, you don’t need to empty your piggy banks to celebrate in style. A quick look through any supermarket’s shelves will soon show that there are affordable bottles of champagne. The trick is knowing which ones are worth buying. So, here’s a short list of the best bottles you can get without breaking the bank.
- Lanson Black Label Champagne is non-vintage exuberant wine made of Pinot Noir grapes. Fruit and citrus flavors together with honey notes and spring scents will be an excellent alternative.
- Crémant is made in France according to the Champagne Method as well as its countryman, the only difference is that it’s made in a different region.
- Kirkland Signature Brut Champagne is another French guild fellow of Champagne. It is non-vintage and produced of the following blend of grape varieties: 15% Chardonnay, 50 % Pinot Noir and 35% Pinot Meunier.
- Prosecco comes from Italy and is getting more and more popular. A pleasant price and fresh palate are a passport to its success.
- Cava is Spanish sparkling wine. Macabeo, Xarel.lo, and Parellada white grapes are processed in the same manner as Champagne.
- Franciacorta is a delicious bubble wine originated from Italy.
The above list is not full. A wine market offers a wide choice of Champagne in order to please your taste. Even if you are a fan of traditional Champagne, try these ones to form your own opinion. Chances are you’ll discover one more drink worth celebrating.
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