Sparkling Wines and Champagne

Sparkling Wines and Champagne (to be served cold)


The only sparkling wine that can carry the name of Champagne is the wine that is made from grapes grown in the Champagne region (France) and had the wine's second fermentation occur in the bottle from which the wine is served.

Sparkling wines come in different
levels of sweetness:
Brut Nature = no added sugar
Extra Brut = extremely dry
Brut = dry - the most common style
Extra Dry or Extra Sec or Extra Seco = off dry
Dry or Sec or Seco = slightly sweet
Demi-Sec or Semi-Seco or Semi-Sweet = sweet
Doux or Sweet or Dulce = very sweet

Bellow is the list of some of the most famous Champagne house names, by style

Light - delicate finesse, crisp, light body
Veuve Hennerick
Perrier-Jouet
Taittinger

Medium - more body, higher presence of fruit
Pommery
Mumm
Moët & Chandon (Dom Perignon)

Full - full body, texture and fruit flavors, some have toasty notes of oak and yeast
Montaudon
Bollinger
Krug
Roederer
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

List of sparkling wines - Champagne method, by origin, name and house names

Spain - Cava

Codorniu
Freixenet
Paul Cheneau

Itlay - Franciacorta

Bellavista
Monte Rossa
Ca' del Bosco

USA

Finger Lakes, NY
Chateau Frank
Wagner Vineyards
California
S.Anderson
Domaine Carneros
Mumm Cuvee Napa
Willamette Valley - Oregon
Argyle Winery
Domain Meriwether

France Other Sparkling Wine

Loire - Deligeroy Cremant
Alsace - Lucien Albrecht Cremant
Languedoc-Roussillon - Gerard Bertrand

Food Pairing for Complex Sparkling Wine


Light bodied paired with light, delicate food items and preparations
Canapes
Stuffed mushrooms
Caviar
Shrimp
Raw shellfish, Oysters
Sushi
Light Appetizers

Medium bodied, brut dryness
Cooked and smoked fish
White trufle risotto
Steak tartare
Beef carpachio
Chicken
Cheese

Full bodied paired with bold foods and preparations methods
Lobster
Poultry with skin-on
Heavy cheeses
Roasting, broiling and grilling
Rich sauces
Eggs and eggs dishes