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Keeping the Sparkle

In your Champagne, that is. Or your sparkling wine, whatever fits your budget and your palate!

Since it is Valentine’s Day there will be special, intimate celebrations for couples around the world and close at home. Celebrations like these often call for some bubbly!

If, per chance, you and your special someone fail to finish your sparkling beverage, just drop a silver (really any metal should do) spoon into the neck and store it back in the refrigerator. Ensure the spoon has a little wiggle room above it and is not stuck in place.

In my experience, the bubbles will last a good 24-hours, though for taste, it is best consumed within a few hours!

Cheers!

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Champagne or Sparkling Wine

This Saturday we sampled delicious Pommery Champagne and the sparkling wines of Charles LaFitte and Pierre Chainier, but many wondered, what’s the difference?

Champagne is the region in France that made bubbly famous. Only wine made within this region can be called Champagne. All others from around the world are sparkling wine, even those made in different areas of France.

The complexity of making champagne is another feature that makes it stand out from other sparkling wines. It’s a romantic artistry that requires true skill and foresight by the winemaker. A blend of 30 to 60 different still wines, two fermentations and several years are involved in getting Champagne onto store shelves.

For the best sparkling wines, look for those that list “Methode Champenoise” on the bottle. It’s the closest you’ll get to the amazing flavor and effect of Champagne, but often with less expense.

For more information on Champagne, Sparkling and other wines, check out our selection of books in store now!