Sparkling Wine and Champagne 101

We all love to celebrate with the bubbly from time to time, but what is the difference between Champagne and sparkling wine? And how do those bubbles get in there?

pomegranate sparkling wine, pomegranate, pomegranate wine, dessert wine, madera wine, madera wine trail, red wine, wonderful pomegranates, sparkling wineWell thanks to Stacy Slinkard from, we now have the answers!

The difference between Champagne and sparkling wine is all in the geography. For a sparkling wine to be considered real Champagne, it has to come from the Champagne region in France. They put the trademark on it. Other than that, there really isn’t too much difference between the two.

Champagne and sparkling wines, are usually made from chardonnay grapes, pinot noir, or pinot meunier grapes. However, we have found that pomegranates make an excellent sparkling wine as well!

As for those bubbles, they come with the fermentation process. Usually wine makers will take the still wine (wine before the bubbles) and add sugar and yeast. These two ingredients convert to carbon dioxide and alcohol. The conversion makes a ton of tiny  bubbles confined to a small bottle. It’s that pressure that makes that cork POP!

Some words of caution… Do be careful when opening that bottle of sparkling wine, you just might shoot your eye out!


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