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WINE-UCATION: Sparkling Wine

May 7, 2009

Definition: Sparkling wine is a wine with levels of carbon dioxide to make it bubbly. It can be made with almost any varietal and typically with a variety of varietals.

Colors: white, rose and even red!

Aliases:

Cava = Spanish sparkling wine
Cap Classique = South African sparkling wine
Prosecco = Italian sparkling wine
Asti = Italian sparkling wine
Champagne = sparkling wine from the Champagne region of France
Sekt = German sparkling wine
Pezsgö = Hungarian sparkling wine
I’m sure there are more, but you get the idea.

Sweet-o-Meter:
Sparkling wine can be extremely sweet or lipsmackingly dry. I’m a Brut kind of gal. Here’s some vocabulary for the next time you have a hankering for sparkling pleasure in a glass.

Brut Natural or Brut Zéro: Really Dry like a Mormon
Extra Brut: Dryer than the state of Utah
Brut: Somewhat Dry like a Southern Baptist
Extra Sec or Extra Dry: Not too dry and not too sweet like me on a Saturday night
Sec: Somewhat sweet like me apologizing for Saturday night on Sunday morning
Demi-Sec: Sweet like a lollipop
Doux: Sweeter than the lollipop guild on Prozac

Recs:
The Brut Marques De Gelida Cava, Spain 2001 that we sipped on at ARPA (tear) was delicious. I also like the Biltmore sparkling wines, particularly the ones with the blue and white label found in most Harris Teeters. Botter Prosecco Spumante from Italy was only $9.99 and delish from Total Wine.

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