Sparkling Wine

Armand de Brignac Brut Gold - IntoWineTV Episode 105

"Sparkling Wines" Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent, Cezar Kusik, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss Armand de Brignac Brut Gold.

Santa Margherita Prosecco - IntoWineTV Episode 104

"Sparkling Wines" Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent, Cezar Kusik, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss Santa Margherita Prosecco.

Ca’ del Bosco Cuvee Prestige NV - IntoWineTV Episode 103

"Sparkling Wines" Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent, Cezar Kusik, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss Ca del Bosco Cuvee Prestige NV.

Great French Sparkling Wine: Time for Champagne?

The holidays are around the corner which means the time for bubbly is once again upon us. IntoWine asked its panel of wine experts for their recommendations for great French sparklers:

I absolutely love Champagne, however my wallet often does not. As the world wide demand for Champagne increases and prices continue to escalate, it is comforting to know that there do exist a solid range of sparkling wines that are both delicious to drink and easy on the pocket book.

Cava: Spain’s Sparkling Wine Treasure

Even if you’ve never heard of any other Spanish wine, chances are you’ve heard about cava.  This is due to the huge international presence of cava sparkling wines.  Freixenet and Cordoníu are the two best-known producers of cava and both wineries have done a marvelous job of marketing Spain’s sparkling wines outside of their home country.  In fact, Spain exports more than half of the sparkling wines it produces, according to the Peñin Guide to Spanish Wine 2007.

Lambrusco: The Effervescent Wine of Italy's Emilia-Romagna Region

With one last column before Christmas and New Years, I would like to continue talking about the wonderful sparkling wines of Italy. This four part series started with the wines of Asti in the Piemonte, then we explored the Franciacorta’s of Lombardia, and the last column discussed the ubiquitous Proseccos of the Veneto. All of these will make tasty and affordable additions to your holiday festivities.

In this article, I want to explore a wine that may be one of the most misunderstood wines not only in Italy, but anywhere. That wine is Lambrusco.

Champagne Region of France

The heart of the Champagne region lies 90 miles (145km) northeast of Paris near the Belgian border. It is generally divided into three parts – the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs. The Aube, 70 miles to the southeast, is important for wines they produce that go into many of the nonvintage blends of the major champagne houses.

Of the regions 75,000 acres of vineyards, most and the greatest vineyards of Champagne, are planted in the département of the Marne. The vineyards are not owned by great landowners but by thousands of growers, often working part-time.

Champagne: France, History of Champagne, Dom Perignon

Champagne has launched thousands of ships, toasted billions of weddings and special occasions, flutes attended countless parties, and shared untold special moments between two people. Champagne is the wine of celebration. No other wine is so associated with joy and festivity. Its meaning and appeal are universal. Champagne makes the young sages and the old young again.

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