The world of sparkling wine, and why you should buy bubbles for more than just special occasions

Due to the global pandemic, sales of Champagne have dropped dramatically. People are finding fewer reasons and occasions to pop the corks and celebrate special events with a glass of bubbly. But sparkling wine can be enjoyed beyond using it for a special toast. In this blog, we break down the world of sparkling wine; what the difference is between Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, and other sparkling wines; and perfect food pairings with sparkling wine.

Traditional Method (Méthode Traditionelle)

The traditional method, once called the “Champagne method”, is what put Champagne on the map, but is also used for other types of sparkling wine like Spanish Cava. In this method, winemakers take a base wine that has already been fermented (often a blend of grapes called a cuvee) and puts it in a bottle with more yeast and sugar to begin another round of fermentation, called tirage. The bottles are sealed with crown caps (this process is also called Méthode Cap Classique) to trap the carbonation, and then aged for a certain period of time.