Celebrating Valentine’s Day – Which bubbly to choose?

Which bubbly to choose – Champagne or Prosecco?

As it’s coming up for Valentine’s day you might be thinking of which sparkling wine to choose to celebrate with your sweetie.

Some of the differences between the two wines are about how they taste, how they are made, the cost, and your own personal preference.

Both wines go through two fermentations. One fermentation is to make the wine, the second fermentation is to make the bubbles!

Champagne

  • Champagne can only be called Champagne when it comes from Champagne!! All other wines are some other form of sparkling wine.
  • Champagne can be made from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier grapes. These grapes come from a cool climate in Champagne, France. The grapes are harvested gently by hand so that they do not pick up any tannin from the skins, that would alter the taste.
  • With Champagne, the fermentation takes place in the bottles. This becomes a very labour intensive process as someone needs to turn the wine (riddling) to bring the sediment into the neck of the bottle.

Prosecco

  • Prosecco comes from Italy and yes there is a town called Prosecco where this wine was born.
  • The production has expanded beyond the town of Prosecco.
  • The secondary fermentation for Prosecco takes place in a large steel pressurized tanks.
  Champagne Prosecco
Where it’s from Champagne, France Italy
Grape (s) used Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier Most commonly made from Glera – also can be made from Perera, Bianchetta, Verdiso, and even Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.
Fermentation Done in bottles Done in pressurized tanks
Taste Toasty, bready Fruity
Sweetness Drier Sweeter
Food Pairing Shellfish, fried appetizers Proscuitto, Thai food, sushi
Cost $40 and more $12-14

If you are still not sure, this fun, a match between prosecco and champagne might help!

Now it’s time to go shopping and have that toast with your love!

So that you can impress your sweetie, and prevent flying corks, open your bottle safely and with class.

Cheers!!

About Jennifer Whitcomb

Welcome to Beyond the Corkscrew! I'm passionate about wine and I'm here to make wine less intimidating, share a little knowledge, and inspire you to enjoy wine. I've completed SDSU's "Business of Wine" Certificate Program and I'm currently working on my Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW).

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