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"Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right!"

                                                                                                                 Mark Twain

Champagne texted sparklers
Did you know? All Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne. What's the difference?
The easy answer: Location, Location, Location.

Sparkling wine can only be called Champagne if its origin is the Champagne region of northeastern France. If it is a bubbly from another region, it is not officially known as champagne. Sparkling wine can be made with the exact same grapes, taste just like Champagne, can be sweet, super-sweet, Rosé or dry Brut but officially, cannot be called Champagne.
The style of winemaking which produces sparkling wine is practiced all over the world. Each country has a distinct version.
Prosecco: This popular Italian sparkling wine has large bubbles and a fruity aroma—making it a common choice for mixed drinks like mimosas or Bellinis.
Cava: A Spanish sparkler said to have very similar flavor to official Champagnes.
French Sparkling Wine: Sparkling wines can come from France (outside of the Champagne region) and are made in a variety of sweet, dry and rosé varieties. Cuvée is a French word that refers to special selections or reserve wines that are usually made from the vineyard's highest quality grapes. “Brut” is French as well, and is a popular dry sparkler with no taste of residual sweetness

We have recently had the pleasure of tasting some lovely sparklers and are sharing some thoughts and recommendations. We have featured five of our favorites, from affordable selections to luxurious bubblies. Each is kosher certified mevushal.

Bartenura Rose

Bartenura Rosé
Light, fruity, sparkling, semi-sweet. This rosé
pairs well with fish, pizza, veal and chicken and cheese.

Bartenura Prosecco
Bartenura Prosecco
Creamy - dry, medium-bodied wine. Bartenura Prosecco is a wonderful, sparkling wine produced in Italy. It has a semi- dry quality, and is perfect to accompany appetizers, pasta, and fish dishes. Serve chilled. $13 

Cava Brut by Elvi

Cava Brut by Elvi is a sparkling wine made from grapes grown in Spain. It is light in color and very bubbly. The aroma is complex with a taste of almond and citrus fruit. Very enjoyable with light foods to share with friends! $18.

 

 

Two special occasion splurges
Drappier Brut Nature Champagne
From the experts: "a blend made exclusively from the first pressing, fresh and fruity with undertones of yeast. This pinot noir blend is considered to be a great Champagne by the Domaine. $49

Champagne Barons de Rothschild
Champagne Barons de Rothschild

Barons de Rothschild Brut is a rich and complex wine, with fine bubbles and a golden color. From the experts: "It is made by blending Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from France's famed Champagne region and aged at least three years in French oak barrels." The aroma is earthy with subtle hints of pear, white flowers, almonds and hazelnuts. This is a memorable champagne presented in a stunning box to compliment a special meal. $65-$79

 

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