Wherever there is a celebration, there is for sure a bottle of sparkling wine that calls to action. And when it comes to sparkling wine, that means the good stuff. But what actually good stuff means?
Sparkling wine can be divided into three different categories on celebration parties. For the toast, you will need the real good stuff – and that include a French Champagne. Veuve Clicquot, Charles Heidsieck and Lanson are good options. However, if you really wants to make a statement, pick a bottle of Billecart-Salmom or Bollinger champagnes.
Since drinking French champagne the whole party can be pretty expensive, you can consider a quality Australian sparkling wine to supplement. For that, look no further than Jansz or Chandon – which are often on special. Another great budget Australian sparkling wine options are Hardys Nottage Hill Pinot Chardonnay Cuvee Brut or Jacobs Creek Chardonnay Pinot Noir.
In reality, not all sparkling wines should be called champagne. That is because only wines produced in a small region north east of Paris, France, have the right to claim that title. Everything else should be called sparkling wine.
Following are some educational information that will help you choose the best Australian sparkling wine next time you’re at your local liqueur store or shopping online at you favorite online wine site.
- Quality Australian sparkling wine is created after real champagne. Hence, when shopping for a quality Australian wine look for the word ‘Methode Traditionelle’ written on the label.
- Methode Traditionelle describes the wine-making process. This process gives an amazing creamy/toasty character to the sparkling wine.
- The bottle label should also tell you that the sparkling wine is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and the grapes were produced in a cool wine region. Cool climates allow a more refined flavor to the wine.
- Pinot Noir dominant sparkling wines are richer in flavor and present berry fruits characteristics. They are great to be paired with food.
- Chardonnay dominant wines are clean and fresh and have citrus elements. Great to be served by their own as an aperitif.
- Sparkling wines with more than 18 months of maturation tend to have a noticeable biscuit character.
- Vintage Australian sparkling wines are known to be better than non vintage wines.
When the time to serve your precious cargo arrives, make sure you do it right. Non-vintage sparkling wines should be chilled to 5°C and vintage wines to a slightly warmer temperature – around 8°C. The right temperature will help heighten the complex aromas and flavors of the wine.