For those who do not have as much...lets say...experience with champagne or sparkling wine, (It's only truly champagne if it comes from the region of Champagne, France!) it can be a bit intimidating. Here is a simple guide for choosing your bubbly:
Cava: "The Spanish Champagne" Serve with hors d'oeuvres, particularity cheese and crackers.
Cuvée de Prestige: a proprietary blended wine (usually a Champagne) that is considered to be the top of a producer's range. Serve with Asian cuisine, sushi, etc.
Rosé: Bubbly with the addition of small amounts of Red wine during blending. Serve with shellfish.
Prosecco: A dry Italian sparkling wine. Serve with chocolate and strawberries.
The sweetness of a sparkling wine or Champagne ranges from:
- Extra Brut (Brut Sauvage) - Totally dry
- Brut - Dry
- Extra Dry - dry
- Sec - Slightly sweet
- Demi - Sec: Fairly sweet
- Doux - Sweet
Illustration by Julia Rothman**There is a great post about the Past and Present of Champagne over on Design*Sponge. I saw this illustration by Julia Rothman there and just fell in love with it!**
Another festive way to enjoy your bubbly is a Champagne Cocktail! Here are three of my all time favorites:
Black Velvet4 parts Champagne or sparkling wine to 1 part Guinness beer... Heavenly!!
1.0 oz Lemoncello (depending on how sweet the cello you may have to adjust)0.5 oz fresh lemon juice7.0 oz Prosecco (or bubbles of any sort would probably work)Garnish with lemon twist or lemon wheel.
The Pink Fizzy
Handful of Pomegranate seeds1.0 oz Pomegranate Juice1.0 oz Pink Grapefruit Juice2.0 oz Champagne or Sparkling Wine
Happy New Year!Cheers!