Kristin’s Guide to Champagne for the New Year!

December 29, 2012

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We’re Open New Year’s Eve until 6 PM! Call ahead & we’ll chill your bottle of Champagne!

Celebrating the New Year with family and friends is traditionally marked by popping the cork on a bottle of Champagne, but we know well enough that when you come into a shop like Tastings Wine and Beer, it can be a little overwhelming to find the right bottle for you and your party. Here are my tips for understanding Champagne & sparkling wine:

  1. The main difference between sparkling wine & Champagne is location. Many sparkling wines are made in the “traditional” or “Champagne” method – it just doesn’t come from the Champagne region of France. Many wonderful sparkling wines still come from France, but just not that little wine region.
  2. “Champagne grapes” are Chardonnay grapes, Pinot Noir grapes and Pinot Meunier grapes. Each grape brings something different to the table and most Champagne / sparkling wine is made with a blend of all three grapes.
  3. The term “Brut” = Dry, “Extra Dry” = less dry than Brut, also known as off-dry (we know it’s crazy, but this is how it is) “Sec” = semi-sweet

You can find Champagne / sparkling wine of all types and price ranges. Stop into the shop and discover some of the great options we have for your holiday celebration!

Chilled wine: If you’d like us to chill bottles of Champagne or sparkling wine (or any bottle of wine or beer) call us with enough time for the bottle to get cold and we’ll pop it into our fridge for you. You can reach us: 336-243-7220.

Cheers! Kristin

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