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<ul><li><p>Champagne&amp;Sparkling</p><p>Wine </p></li><li><p>5ThingsYouNeedToKnow</p><p>1. Basics:</p><p>Champagneorsparklingwineiswinewithsignificantlevelsofcarbondioxidepresent,thuscreatingthetinybubblesconsumersarefamiliarwith.OnlythesparklingwinesproducedinFrancefromarelativelysmallregioninthenortheasternpartofthecountrymaybelabeledChampagne.Othersparklingwinescanbeproducedfromanywhereintheworld.SothephraseallChampagneissparklingwine,butnotallsparklingwineisChampagneisveryappropriate.</p><p>TheChampagneweknowandlovecomesexclusivelyfromtheChampagneregionofFranceandclaimsthehonorofbeingthemostfamousofthesparklingwines.Technically,itistheonlysparklingwinethatmaybereferredtoas"Champagne."Bubblyfromallotherregionsintheworldaresimplyreferredtoas"sparklingwine.Italy,Spain,Australia,NewZealandandtheU.S.giveFrancearunforthemoneybyproducingsomefantasticsparklingwinesandtheyareoftenlessexpensive.</p><p>TheclassicblendofgrapesusedtomakeChampagneorsparklingwineisPinotNoirandChardonnay.Youmayalsoseelabelsreferringtoblancdeblanc,blancdenoir,rose,brut,demisecandextradry.Theseindicatorsarereallysimpleandmeanttodescribethestyleofthewineorthetypeofgrapeused.</p><p> Blancdeblancsimplymeanswhitefromwhite,typically100%Chardonnayusedintheblend</p><p> Blancdenoirwhitefromblack,typicallyPinotNoirgrapesproducingwhitewine;oftenhowever,youwillseeapinkishtinttothewine</p><p> RoseablendoftheclassicChampagnegrapesoftenwithanadditionalvarietyandfinishedwithaveryapparentpinkcolor</p></li><li><p> Bruttypicallythedriestsparklingwines Extradrynotexactlydry,leaningtowardssomesweetness Demisecmeaninghalfdry;typicallyalittlemorethanhalfandarenotedfortheirmoderatetomediumsweetness</p></li><li><p>2.Whatsittastelike?</p><p>TheChampagnetasteissimilartoawhitewinebutwiththeadditionofbubbles.Typicallyadrywine,itcanbesweeterdependingontheversionconsumed.Onewilloftenhearthewordstoastyandyeastyusedwhendescribingsparklingwine.Thesearenotparticularlyappealingsoundingbutaresignsofawellmadebubbly.</p><p>Prosecco,avibrantsparklingwineproducedinItaly,iscurrentlyenjoyingtremendouspopularityforitseasydrinkingstyleandreasonableprices.</p><p>WashingtonStatesparklingwinesaretypicallyaverygoodvalueandofahighquality,butCaliforniaremainsbyfarthelargestproducerofsparklingwinesintheUnitedStates.EvensomeFrenchinfluencehasbeenestablishedwiththelikesofRoedererEstate,DomaineChandonandMumm.</p><p>http://www.santamargherita.com/image/278-proseccoextradryspallasx.jpg.jpg</p></li><li><p>3. Whatsitgowith?</p><p>Champagne!WeddingtoastscometomindaswellasNewYearsEve.Butthetruthisthatsparklingwinesareafinealternativetoacocktailoraglassofstillwine.Whenpairingwithfood,dessertsorappetizerstypicallyarethenaturalpairing,butsparklingwineisversatile.Andsparklingwineismuchmorethana"specialoccasion"wineandpairsbeautifullywithmanyeverydayfoodchoices.It'sgreatwithaMargheritapizza,chickenorsaladorhardtomatchcuisineslikemanyThai,JapaneseorotherPanAsiandishes.</p><p> Asthesalesperson,recommendthreepossiblechoicesforyourcustomer.Showthemalowpriced,amediumpricedandoneofyourmorepremiumofferings.Youwilloftenfindthecustomerwillbuythetopshelfitemthatyouhavetakenthetimetoshowthem.</p></li><li><p>4. SparklingWineinLCBStoresbythenumbers</p><p>WashingtonStatestorescurrentlyoffer41sparklingwinesincluding10Champagnes.TheyrangeinpricefromtheveryinexpensiveCaliforniamassproducedwinestotheclassicDomPerignonat$149.99.TherearevarioussparklersfromSpain,SpumantefromItaly,andofcourseplentyofdomesticlabelsfromwhichtochoose.</p><p> Instatestores,sparklingistypicallysetontheshelfbyprice;theFrenchChampagneusuallyisthehighestpriceandwilloccupythetopshelf.PricedescendsfromRtoLontheshelf.</p><p>5.CategoryLeaders</p><p>InWashingtonStatestoresthebestsellersintheSparklingWinecategoryare:</p><p> MoetChandonBrutImperialChampagne(France) Martini&amp;RossiSpumante(Italy) DomaineSteMichelleBrutSparkling(WA) CooksBrut(CA)</p></li><li><p> KorbelBrut(CA)</p><p>TherearemanyotherChampagneandsparklingwinelabelsfromdifferentpartsoftheworldavailableinstatestoresasWineSpecialtyorHUBitems;andgroceryandwinestores.Gettoknowsomeofthem(especiallythosefromFranceandtheNapaandSonomaValleys),takealookatthelabelsanddosomeinvestigating.Thepayoffinyourabilitytobetterserveyourcustomerwillbetremendous.</p></li></ul>

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