Did you know the only difference between Sparkling and Champagne is the region where the wine is produced?
Champagne is called Champagne is because it is produced in a particular region in France called Champagne. All of it – including Champagne – is just sparkling wine, made from three types of grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier, and produced in a lengthy process to give it the bubbles.
Personally? We love California Sparkling – Chandon Etoile Rose (fancy!) and Gloria Ferrer (photo above was taken at our visit to the vineyard) are two of our top picks. We toured several places in Sonoma and Napa, and actually got to see the bottling process at J Vineyards.
PS – That’s why saying “french Champagne” is redundant. All Champagne is French. All Sparkling is delicious. Make it a resolution to not wait for New Year’s Eve to enjoy the bubbly!