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Discover Sparkling Wine

Posted on 12/05/2012 by Marissa Jamison

For centuries, sparkling wine has enjoyed a certain mystery and allure. This drink was so enchanting, some called it “devil’s wine” due to the effervescent bubbles. Today, we still love the magical bubbles and appreciate the romance surrounding this delightful wine.

Fun Facts

  • There are 90-110 pounds of pressure per square inch in a bottle of sparkling wine – that’s more than three times the pressure in car tires!
  • The grapes traditionally used in Champagnes are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.
  • Only sparkling wine from the Champagne region in France can officially be called “champagne.”
  • Dom Perignon, a Catholic monk and avid winemaker, accidentally discovered sparkling wine when some of his wine re-fermented by chance. He thought it was ruined, but the rest is history.
  • There are an estimated 44 to 57 million bubbles in every bottle of bubbly.
  • The cuvée solution often contains spirits such as Cognac.

Serving and Storing Sparkling Wine

  • Sparkling wine may best be known as a celebratory drink, but we believe it’s the perfect every day wine too. Whatever the occasion, enjoy your favorite sparkling wine with these helpful tips:truffles and sparking wine
  • Chill the bottle in the refrigerator prior to opening. The cold temperature helps preserve the bubbles when opening the bottle.
  • Sparkling wines are best when served at 33-40 degrees.
  • When opening a bottle of sparkling, hold the bottle at a 45-degree angle. Loosen the cage and hold the cork. Gently twist the cork until you hear a whisper of a pop.
  • Holding a towel over the cork when opening will help catch any spills that may occur.
  • Double-check your glasses to ensure the glass is free from detergent residue. A perfectly clear glass allows you to appreciate the bubbles.
  • After opening, all sparkling wines begin to lose their bubbles, so it’s best to drink them as soon as possible.
  • To store an open bottle of bubbly, you can use a special Champagne topper. These metal caps with a rubber seal keep the bubbles fresh for the next time you want a glass.
  • Most sparkling wines are sold ready to drink, so don’t hang on to bottles in an effort to further “age” the wine.

An Array of Sparkling Wine Options

  • Biltmore Estate® Blanc de Blancs: A dry sparkling wine made from 100% Chardonnay grapes.
  • Biltmore Estate® Brut: A dry sparkling wine made from traditional champagne grapes of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir.
  • Biltmore Estate® Blanc de Noir: A dry sparkling wine with a light pink hue made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes.
  • Biltmore Estate® Sec: A semi-sweet sparkling wine made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.
  • Biltmore® Pas de Deux: A semi-sweet sparkling wine made from 100% Muscat Canelli grapes.

Biltmore Bubbles Tour at the Winery

And of course, nothing conveys the quality of our sparkling winemaking more vividly than seeing (and tasting!) it for yourself. If you’re in the neighborhood, drop in for a Biltmore Bubbles program at Biltmore Winery that focuses on the process by which they are made.

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