Sparkling wines are very popular all across the world and are usually opened for special occasion, such as weddings, graduations, birthdays or New Year’s eves. Opening up a sparkling wine is always exciting, but drinking it is even more exciting, as sparkling wines are fizzy, dry and have a peculiar sweet taste. They are fizzy because of the carbon dioxide they contain, which can result from natural fermentation either in a large tank or a wine bottle. The methods of making sparkling wine have been significantly modified over the years and few new have been invented, but the chemistry is the same.
Most people confuse the terms sparkling wine and champagne. Champagne is a type of sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region in France. It is definitely one of the most popular sparkling wines, but if you ask in a restaurant for a bottle of Champagne, not a sparkling wine, they will charge you costly. However, all other sparkling wines produced in France are called Cremant.
Sparkling wines are usually white or rose, but there are many producers of red sparkling wines. The sparkling wine can be extra brut, brut, extra dry, demi-sec or semi dry, which depends on the level of sugar. Brut sparkling wine is the most popular sort and is excellent paired with food, while demi-sec is best with dessert and fruit. Extra dry sparkling wines are usually consumed as an aperitif.
To get the best sparkling taste, sparkling wines need to be served at a temperature of about 10 degree Celsius. If you open a sparkling wine at a room temperature, a significant amount of wine will foam immediately after popping the cork. Keep the sparkling wine in a refrigerator for about two hours before serving. Open it slowly, carefully and keep the wine from foaming over. If you are required to chill a bottle of sparkling wine quickly, just put it in a bucket of ice with water and move it around from time to time. It will be ready to be opened it only 15 minutes.
Since sparkling wines are high in acidity by nature, you need to temper the acidity and have nearby nibbles. These wines are exceptionally well with cheese and meat. Also, many people prefer pairing sparkling wines with oysters.
Last, but not the least, sparkling wines provide some health benefits. The polyphenols contained in red wines can also be found in sparkling wines. The antioxidants can reduce the damage free radicals can do to the human body, helping to lower the blood pressure and prevent heart problems.