With the holidays rapidly approaching, revelers everywhere are scouring wine store shelves for just the right bubbly to ring in the New Year or celebrate other joyous occasions. It’s true that not all sparkling wines are created equally. In fact, there are some major differences between Champagne and a Prosecco, for example. If you’re used to just grabbing whatever, it may be time to take a closer look at the label, as there is a sparkling wine for every celebration.
A Sparkling Wine for Every Celebration
Champagne, Cava, or Prosecco? Frankly, it may depend on your budget. Champagne prices are usually much higher than other sparkling wines, but that doesn’t mean that Champagne is always the best. Cava from Spain is made in the same method (traditional method) and can be a great alternative to the French bubbly. Cava is primarily produced in the Penedés region near Barcelona and is usually comprised of the grapes, Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarel-lo. Although, some producers do use the international varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Champagne is usually made using one or any combination of the three grapes, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Meunier, and Champagne only comes from Champagne France (don’t let Korbel fool you).
Prosecco from Italy may actually be the most economical solution to your sparkling needs, but keep in mind that Proseccos will usually be a tad sweeter than your typical Brut. Prosecco sparkling wines are made with the Glera grape in the region of Prosecco DOC, which spans nine provinces across the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions of northern Italy.
For a great example of each, check out my latest Let’s Eat magazine wine article. I’ll provide you with a perfect bottle of Prosecco, Cava, and Champagne that will complement any of your upcoming holiday celebrations.