Do you know what this bottle is? If you said “it’s Champagne” you are correct! However, not all sparkling wine is champagne.
|I’m the lady in red, after many delicious sips of champagne|
Wine, and the king of wines, Champagne, are the pride of France. At the Champagne Bureau’s inaugural Grand Tasting in New York, more than 90 wines were poured. The character and variety was staggering! The message was delicious and clear: Champagne can only be made from grapes grown in a clearly defined region located about 90 miles northeast of Paris.
Some people think champagne is very sweet but like any other wine, it can be dry, or medium dry, or sweet. The most popular dryness category of Champagne is “Brut” which allow for up to 15 grams of residual sugar. This is known as “dry” champagne and it doesn’t leave a sugary taste in your mouth.
You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to drink delicious champagne. Whether you drink it with a strawberry dunked in it, you prefer dry to sweet wine, or like pink champagne instead of the traditional, golden yellow, there is a genuine champagne in every taste preference, and budget, for you to enjoy. Prices range from bottles that are under $20.00 (if you are a smart shopper) to upwards of hundreds and perhaps, thousands for old vintages.
Just remember that real champagne only comes from Champagne – the rest is well….just…bubbly wine!
For more information, Visit the Champagne Bureau Web Site for the US. It’s the Official US rep of Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC), a trade association which represents the grape growers and houses of Champagne France