It’s New Year’s Eve- time for resolutions, a midnight kiss, and a champagne toast.
I have some friends who insist on the good stuff when it comes to champagne and others who really don’t care what it tastes like as long as they have something bubbly to toast with.
I thought I’d take this opportunity for a champagne vs. sparkling wine discussion with some help from wine.com, and some suggestions for affordable bubbly.
Many countries around the world make sparkling wine. The best-known sparkling wine is, of course, Champagne. Though so much sparkling wine is referred to as Champagne, true Champagne must come from the namesake area in France and is one of a kind in taste, texture and reputation. The region is responsible for perfecting the bubble-making process.
There are many details involved that make Champagne and its method of wine making so distinctive, which is why it is emulated in so many wine making areas.
Some Champagnes & Sparkling wines are bone dry, while others are off-dry and still others are sweet. The level of sweetness depends on the last step before the cork, dosage. Here's what to look for on the label to get the taste you want:
· Extra Brut or Brut Naturale - Bone dry - the driest of the dry
· Brut - Dry. This is the typical style of Champagne, with no sweetness
· Sec - Still very dry but with a hint of sweetness.
· Demi-sec- While the definition is half dry, think of it as half sweet. This wine will be fairly sweet.
· Doux - also known as rich, this wine is the sweetest you can get in Champagne over 5% sugar. It's a dessert in itself and very rare.
Here’s the best list I could find of affordable champagnes and sparlkling wines wines from Food and Wine magazine:http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/10-top-affordable-champagnes.
There are also alcohol-free ciders that will give you that festive fizz in your glass.
What's your favorite bubbly beverage?