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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

GAYOT's Top 10 Champagne and sparkling wine lists are full of options at a variety of price points (photo via Flickr user Mathijs Delva)

GAYOT's Top 10 Champagne and sparkling wine lists cover a myriad of styles and types at a variety of price points to make sure everyone can find the perfect bottle of bubbly.

Top 10 Prestige Cuvées

Top 10 Rosé Champagnes

Top 10 Mid-Range Champagnes

Top 10 Value Champagnes

Top 10 Budget Champagnes

Top 10 Cheap Champagnes

Top 10 Sweet Sparkling

Top 10 Sparkling Wines

Top 10 American Sparkling

Top Champagnes

Top Sparklers

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MORE ABOUT CHAMPAGNES & SPARKLING WINES

GAYOT's Champagne and sparkling wine guides will keep you in the know about all things sparkling (photo via Flickr user stvan4245)

Whether you've just had your first alluring sip of Champagne or are a seasoned aficionado, GAYOT's Champagne and sparkling wine guides provide something for everyone.

The Origin of Champagne

Champagne 101: The Basics

How Sparkling Wine is Made

Guide to Prestige Cuvées

Celebs' Fave Champagnes

Champagne Books

Wine Tastings & Events

Food & Wine Pairing

72 Hours in Reims, France

Articles on Bubbly



 
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