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How Sparkling Wine is Made

Sparkling wines are made from still wines

Sparkling wines are made from still wines, such as Chenin Blanc, French Colombard, Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, which serve as a base for the next stage of this unique winemaking process. (Among premium sparkling wines, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes are used almost exclusively.) A "triage" — a blend of the base wine, yeast nutrient and a source of sugar — is added to the base wine and the mixture is fermented a second time in a sealed container which traps carbon dioxide producing the effervescence or bubbles.



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TOP CHAMPAGNES & SPARKLERS
We've compiled sparkling wine lists for all tastes and wallet sizes

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How Sparkling Wine is Made
Prestige Cuvées: Guide to Champagne
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72 Hours in Champagne, France
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