Popping a bottle of bubbly doesn’t have to feel intimidating. With the right technique, you’ll find yourself feeling like a pro. Watch my quick YouTube video on how to do it properly and I don’t suggest taking a saber just yet to your bottle! Subscribe to my YouTube channel for more educational pieces.
A few things about sparkling wine; not all bubblies are Champagne. Champagne is a region in France and only sparkling wines from that region can label their wines as such. Everything else in the world are simply sparkling wines. Other areas in France call the sparkling wine, Crémant. I’m sure you’ve had Prosecco and Cava, those are from Italy and Spain respectively. In California, we call our bubblies Sparkling Wine.
Want to hop on what myself and other Sommeliers seek out in regards to Champagne? Look for Grower-Producers. You can ask your wine shop for them or look on the label in small type and make sure it says, “Récoltant Manipulant” or “RM.” They are in fact some of the best Champagnes you will ever have. The reason is because of quality. The producers grow their own grapes in their own vineyards, and produce the wines at their estate. A practice that is becoming more rare in Champagne as most big liquor companies (i.e. Louis Vuitton Moët Hennesey also known as LVMH) have bought up estates and vineyards. LVMH has such a dominance in Champagne that even many growers have stopped producing their own Champagnes in trade for selling their grapes because of the profit they receive. So do yourself a favor, stop buying the big names like Veuve Cliqcuot. You’re not supporting a family and I personally find the wines to not have much character. You’re paying for a name and marketing.
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