Most of us get confused that both champagne and sparkling wine are the same. They have the same amount of refreshing effervescence, and they pop when they are uncorked one thing that people forget is the fact that all champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is champagne. Sounds quite confusing right? Continue to read the article to understand the difference between champagne and sparkling wine.
Champaign and France:
Champaign is a small town in France where the wine is grown, fermented and bottled. You can only call a bottle of wine if it is made within 100 miles from this region. The Romans first cultivated the vineyards during the 400 A.D, and today there are more than 76,000 acres of vineyards.
Sparkling wine and the world:
The taste of Champaign was loved by everyone, and it got very popular. Soon many people all over the world wanted to know how to make wine which tasted so good. Many countries tried to make similar wine, but as they are not made in France, they were known as Sparkling wine. With the latest technology, the manufacturing process of sparkling wine is so neat that many people can’t even tell the difference between the both.
Apart from the location, Champaign can be considered different from the grapes that are used to produce the wine is different from the once that are used to make sparkling wine. The grapes are grown in a mild climate with a mineral-rich soil which is perfect for the growth of grapes. The best quality grapes are picked, and they are used for winemaking. These grapes are not found anywhere else in the world and thus making it unique and priceless. Some of the grapes that are used to make Champagne are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris, Petit Meslier etc.
Champaign making process:
Champaign is fermented in a bottle, and it has two-step fermentation. First, the grape is fermented into alcohol and then it is bottled so that it will be able to trap the CO2 gas which is one of the main reasons for the bubbles.
If you want high-quality Champaign, you need to add sugar, yeast and allow it to carbonate in the bottle. Then you need to remove the dead yeast from the bottle and take out the pure Champaign. The grapes that are used in Champaign making are mostly hand-picked, and they are pressed in an environment that is nicely covered.
All sparkling wine is not Champaign:
While Champaign can be called as sparkling wine, the other way round is not possible. There are many restrictions when it comes to making Champaign, but it is not the same when it comes to sparkling wines. They taste different in different parts of the world, and they also cost very less.