December 12, 2010 0

An introduction to sparkling wine: Champagne, Cava and Prosecco

By in Questions, The Butler Wine-Show

Right, with Christmas and New Year on the horizon there will be a lot of fizz being drunk. Probably quite cheap fizz given the current climate.

Lots of people want to know the difference between Champagne, Cava and Prosecco, so here goes:

The fact that champagne is well known is no surprise. Its like a brand and the centre of a hugely successful marketing campaign. Its a place in North East France (and a small village in Switzerland quiz fans) and is fiercely protected by its countrymen.

Cava is Spanish – and can come from anywhere there, but a lot is from around Barcelona. Different grapes to Champagne but made in a similar way.

Italy’s Prosecco is now legally protected like Champagne as there is a village of that name in the Veneto region, but it is made from a grape called Prosecco.

The bottles that have a string over the top is frizzante and has a light fizz, while the Prosecco with a wire on the bottle is a little drier and has a spumante bubble, so is more fizzy.

Which is best? How much to pay? Watch and learn…

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