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They all sparkle!!!!
They all taste fantastic!!!!!
They all pop, fizz & bubble!!!!
But that's pretty much where the similarities end.
Have you ever browsed the aisles at your local liquor store or if your fortunate enough, browsed the bubbly section of your local Target & wondered what makes a Cava a Cava & a Champagne a Champagne?
Thankfully for you, I have all the bubbly 101 answers for you right here in this post! So next time your at a girls night & your bestie breaks out the bottle of prosecco, you can wow the crowd with your bubbly knowledge!!!
• Champagne is only made in France
• Champagne is made from three grapes: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay
•Champagne gets fizzy via a labor-intensive process called méthode Champenoise.
• Only Champagnes can legally use the term méthode Champenoise.
• Before Champagne is corked, each bottle is spiked with the dosage — a mixture of sugar and wine that determines the bottle's final level of sweetness.
• That sweetness level is indicated on the bottle.
• The term you see on a Champagne bottle, "Brut", means the Champagne is on the dry side.
Don't drink Champagne from a large cup
In a large cup the Champagne gets warm very quickly so the champagne is no longer refreshing. Also, the bubbles will go very quickly and the flavors will also go very quickly so you miss part of the experience.
Do drink Champagne from a flute
• Prosecco comes from Italy
• Prosecco is made from a grape varietal now known as Glera.
• Unlike Champagne or Cava, Prosecco’s secondary fermentation occurs in tanks rather than individual bottles.
• This process, known as charmat, is cheaper and faster than the méthode Champenoise.
• Prosecco tends to be sweeter than the average Champagne or Cava making it the better option for bubbly newbies or sweet wine lovers.
• Prosecco now outsells Champagne worldwide.
Don't Decant Prosecco
Decanting Prosecco, or anything that bubbles for that matter is something I don't advise.
Wine is put in a carafe to better express the aromas because you increase the contact with the air and oxygen. In bubbly, the bubbles massively increase the exchange between the wine and the air, and as a result it's not needed.
•Cava is from Spain
• Cava undergoes the exact same production process as Champagne.
• However, the Spanish process is known as traditionelle, instead of méthode Champenoise, as only wine makers in France may legally label their products méthode Champenoise.
• The most common grapes used in Cava production are Macabeu, Parellada and Xarello.
• Cava's flavors can veer toward earthy.
Don't roll your Cava
Sometimes you see people rolling a glass of bubbly in the glass.
You don't need to do that. Cava, along with all other bubbly adult drinks are obviously sparkling so you don't need to agitate it.
Do you have a favorite bottle of bubbly? I would love to hear what you enjoy drinking in the comments below :)
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5/16/2017 11:04:10 am
My husband and I love Prosecco, but hate champagne. Isn't that weird?
5/16/2017 12:10:21 pm
I knew the difference between champagne and Prosecco, but not Cava. Come to think of it, I know nothing about Cava. Guess I have something new to try!
5/16/2017 03:40:52 pm
How interesting! I don't drink a lot, so I didn't know this. Champagne is my favorite.
5/16/2017 04:02:35 pm
In all honesty I don't like champagne. Shocking right? I am a moschat kind of girl. I do like prosecco
5/16/2017 04:19:51 pm
I have never heard of Cava until today. I guess I need to go ahead and try it out. I love champagne
5/16/2017 08:07:50 pm
Thanks for the great information. I had no idea there were so many differences.
5/16/2017 11:53:15 pm
Such a must-read article! I know such distinctions can be so hard to pick without the proper information. I myself LOVE all things Prosecco.
5/17/2017 01:57:58 am
Fabulous article, you just schooled me on all things bubbly. And I thought I knew quite a bit, I've done enough research lol. We recently tried a Cava that was just lovely, I wish I could remember the name. Thanks for the lesson
5/17/2017 02:58:22 am
I really didn't know the differences to be honest. I do love a nice glass of prosecco after a long day.
5/17/2017 07:58:06 am
I prefer prosecco as I like sweeter bubbles but I had no idea that champagne was only made in France. I really enjoyed reading about the differences between prosecco, cava and champagne x
I'm such a slacker. My husband works for a beer company who also delivers wines. He knows more about this type of thing than I do - I just drink what he brings home and tell him if I like it hehe. These are some interesting facts to know. Maybe I'll surprise him with my new knowledge hehe.
5/17/2017 12:31:33 pm
In college I got in with a wine crowd and we actually took the first Master Sommelier class just for fun. I love champagne, sparkling wine etc. My favorite was S. Anderson Brut from California, but they don't make it anymore.
5/17/2017 09:02:28 pm
I've never really known that there was a "difference" between these three. Although I've never tried them, my favorite is moscato ;)
5/17/2017 10:56:03 pm
Champagne isn't really my thing but this is good to know! Now I have some more knowledge to share with friends.
5/17/2017 11:10:01 pm
I didn't realize Champagne was only made in France. Makes sense though. They do love their bubbles! :)
5/19/2017 02:45:59 pm
I think this is really very good information especially for people who don't normally drink champagne or prosecco. I like that you've pointed out the differences! Makes it easier to decide.
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