Sparkling Wine

Sparkling Wines do not all have to adhere to the same quality controls as French Champagnes. There are four methods of creating sparkling wines: the Methode Champenoise, the Transfer Method, the Charmat Bulk Process or Gas Injection, and the quality of the wine created drops as you move down the list.

Fine sparkling wines are made all over the United States, from New York to California. The first American Sparkler was “Great Western”, from the Great Western Wine Company in New York. These domestic sparklers are usually crisp and complex with a refreshing mouth feel. Most have good fruit flavor and a nice finish. Some of the best Champagne houses, such as Moet Chandon, have decided to buy land in California to produce sparkling wines form the various grapes found in the region. So, even though there's still a lot to be said for the original, it is most certainly worth trying all kinds of sparkling wines and seeing which one you like the best.