Sparkling Wine

Only wines produced in the Champagne region of France can be authentically termed as Champagne. Elsewhere it should only be referred to as sparkling wine, even though the same grapes and processes are used to produce it. Champagne is usually a blend of several vintages and includes the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes. Champagne ranges in style from full-bodied where a larger percentage of Pinot Noir grapes are used, to a lighter-bodied style using a higher amount of Chardonnay.

Pronounced

sham-PANE

Appearance

Pale straw yellow, golden or pink

Body Style

Light to full-bodied

Flavors

Apples, citrus, peaches, apricots, honey, creamy, vanilla, custard, toasty and yeast

Major Source

France (Champagne region); California

Food Matches

  • Appetizers
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  • Camembert
  • Delicate Fish
  • Shellfish

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