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Wine 101 (Pt.3): What makes Sparkling Wine so Great?


Sparkling wine is the epitome of a special occasion. From weddings to graduations, people are always poppin’ the bubbly. There are so many things that make sparkling wine great for celebrations - from the liveliness it gives from the sugar and bubbles to the excitement of having wine burst out of the bottle after the cork pops off. Sparkling wine comes in many varieties like Champagne and styles like brut. As well, most sparkling wines are white wines, but some can also be red and rosé wines. I’m so excited to talk to you about the things that make sparkling wine great, so let's get to it!


Styles of Sparkling Wine

Sparkling wines range on a scale of dryness and sweetness. You may have noticed the word “brut” on sparkling wine labels. Brut is one of the styles of sparkling wine. See the infographic below for an easy guide to the range of styles.


Infographic from glassofbubbly.com

Varieties of Sparkling Wine

There are many varieties of sparkling wine, so here's a quick breakdown:


  1. There are simply just “sparkling wines” available. Those are white wines. You’ll see a style like “brut” on the label as well.

  2. There are red and rosé sparkling wines. However, sometimes the sparkling factor is not prominent on the label because it's considered more of a red or rosé wine. If you see a style of sparkling wine on the label under the primary grape variety, then it's a sparkling wine (like the image below).

  3. Wines like Prosecco and Champagne are sparkling wines made in particular regions that have the legal rights to that name.

Now, I’ll get into my favourite part that I learned during my time in Bordeaux, France – the sparkling wine regions.