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Champagne 101

Friday, December 28, 2012

Champagne is usually the beverage of choice for toasting on New Year's Eve.

There are many options and varieties when it comes to the sparkling wine and champagne. Craig Cooper from Chicago's Pops for Champagne, which is celebrating 30 years in business, helps explain the differences between champagne and sparkling.

All good sparking comes from a place. Champagne, Cava, Prosecco area all places that have guidelines that determine the "what" and the "how". Vintage is only a factor with true champagne. Be careful as many benefit from further aging. Most sparkling wines are brut. If you are looking for a sweet variety, try Prosecco and Demi-Sec Champagne.

Pops for Champagne
601 N. State Street
Chicago

www.popsforchampagne.com

Varieties shown:
Henriot Brut Souverain
Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve
Gramona 2006 Imperial Gran Reserva Cava
Bortolotti Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut
Lanson Ivory Label Demi-Sec

It was Champagne Henriot Brut Souverain feautured first. Not Charles Heidsick.

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