When it comes to bubbles, also known as pearls, we all know the iconic Champagne and the Italian Prosecco which is becoming more and more popular but there are many sparkling wines that should be considered for special occasions such as Valentine's Day including the Crémants of France.
Before speaking about Crémant wines in more detail, I would like to share with you the types of Champagnes that exist:
Regular golden Champagne is a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.
Rosé are made of the above three grapes and the beautiful Rosé hue comes from the red grape skins of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
There is Blancs de Blanc which is made solely of Chardonnay.
Finally Noirs de Noir is made of Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier or a blend of both.
Back to Crémants - they are made with the méthode Champenoise but are not from the very restricted Champagne Region.
Eight Crémants exist throughout France: Crémant de Bourgogne, d'Alsace, de Loire, de Die, de Bordeaux, de Limoux, de Savoie et du Jura.
They have similar flavor profiles to Champagne but are more affordable and very much worth a taste.
Other wonderful sparkling wines are:
Sparkling wines from the US and Canada
Sekt from Germany
Cava from Spain
Asti Spumante/Prosecco from Italy
Espumante from Portugal
Méthode Cap Classique from South Africa which is harder to find.
Try any of the above and you will discover some great new bubbly wines that can be enjoyed not only on special occasions but every day.
That said Champagne is always a special treat.
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Cheers - Jerry