All Champagne is sparkling but not all sparkling is Champagne PART 1

December 28, 2018

Bringing it back to the basics here with the big NYE coming up! I just had to get this off my chest in hopes that maybe we can make a new years resolution together.  


I try not to let this happen very often because if there is something I don't like more than a wine snob, I can't think of it right now lol. However, and as much as I hate to admit it, the inner  wine 'snob' in me made an appearance the other day.  I was getting out of the car and running into the wine store and a friend of mine reminded me to 'get some champagne' for the mimosas. **I know! Gasp! What she meant to say, wink wink, was 'sparkling wine', because no one in their right mind would mix an $120 bottle of champagne with orange juice am I right?! Well, I guess maybe some people would, but we won't get into that here. 


When we break open a $12 bottle of bubbles and refer to it as Champagne, something inside of me dies a little. Trust me, I am not a wine snob. I am not even close to as educated about wine than some other people and I do not claim to be. I want wine to be fun and think everyone has a right to enjoy it in their own way. However, this little thing always gets under my skin. I know what you're thinking. Whats the big deal Ashley?! But wait. let me explain. 


You see, Champagne comes from a very specific region in France. Without getting into some major boring wine geek stuff, to make Champagne the wine maker has to under go the most stringent rules when it comes to the growing of the grapes, fermentation, ageing, bottling, corking, and even the label. It's actually quite the process and super cool!  I can't even imagine being a 30th generation wine maker, putting all that effort and love into a beautiful bottle of champagne, and then having someone call it '__________'. Or giving the credit of Champagne to a bottle that might not be so deserving. I won't name any names but you get the picture. 


So, NYE resolution time! Next time you go to buy a bottle of bubbles, that's simply that- sparkling wine, don't forgot to call it by its rightful name. There are many - Cava, Prosecco, bubbles, sparkling, Crement etc... - oh and YUMMY!  









ps. Stay tuned! Part II I'll be putting together a list of my go-to 'non Champagne' bubbles for NYE! Definitely some goodies! 






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