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Let’s talk about Champagne and sparkling wine.

 

Champagne is a sparkling wine produced grapes grown in the Champagne region of France. Most Champagne is a blend of 3 grapes, primarily Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. There are strict rules to be followed in the production of Champagne. The requirement of secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle to create carbonation is one.

 

Many people use the term Champagne for all sparkling wine. It is illegal in most countries to officially use Champagne on a label unless the wine came from the Champagne region of France. The US has a very few sparkling wines which are grandfathered in to carry a Champagne label; it is banned for all wines produced after 2006. Some other names for sparkling wine are:

Spumante and Prosecco- Italy

Sekt – Germany

Cava – Spain

Happy Times = Champagne and Sparkling Wine

No matter what you call itchampagne-cork-b, this bubbly in a bottle has always been associated with CELEBRATION! Whether New Year’s Eve, weddings, graduations, retirement parties, or other big life events that call for a toast, popping the cork on a sparkling wine enhances the joy of being together.

 

Why do I drink Champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everybody? ~Noel Coward

I can’t think of a more pleasant way to spend a special morning than brunch, and what better drink to have than a beautiful glass of sparkling wine with a splash of orange juice, cranberry juice or a juicy fresh strawberry. I love it!

So…Pour Vous! – To YOU! Here are some of my favorite Champagnes and Sparkling Wines.

  • Dom Perignon (France)            $229.99
  • Krug (France)                            $215.99
  • Barnaut (France)                       $  59.99
  • Arcari e Danesi (Italy)                $  39.99
  • Domaine Carneros (California)  $  33.99
  • Mumm (California)                     $  19.99
  • Gruet (New Mexico)                   $  16.99
  • Segura Viudas ( Spain)              $   9.99

As we get ready to toast a new year, the staff at Pour Vous would like to thank you for your support. We truly care about and enjoy serving you. May you all enjoy a wonderful holiday season!

Ted, the old wine guy!