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Sparkling Wine: White or Rosé?

Savoring the Bubbles: A Guide to Enjoying Sparkling Wine

Sparkling wine lends elegance and excitement to any occasion, whether it’s a party or a casual meeting of friends. It has grown in popularity among wine fans throughout the world due to its effervescence and adaptability. In this article, we’ll look at how to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, whether white or rosé, as well as some interesting facts that can help you enjoy it more.


To really appreciate sparkling wine, it’s important to first grasp its fundamentals. Sparkling wine receives its bubbles from carbon dioxide, which is either naturally created during fermentation (Méthode Champenoise) or intentionally injected (Charmat method). The most well-known sparkling wine regions are Champagne in France, Prosecco in Italy, and Cava in Spain.

The Charmat method is a sparkling winemaking process that traps bubbles in wine via carbonation in large steel tanks.

The glass type is important

Choosing the right glassware can greatly enhance your sparkling wine experience. Choose a flute or tulip-shaped glass to maintain the wine’s bubbles and flavors. The small design of these glasses concentrates the smells and directs the bubbles to the surface, allowing you to completely experience the wine’s perfume. However, white wine glasses are also suitable, like the one below.

Although the white wine glass was designed to hold wine, swirling and sipping bubbles has made it a comfy place for them to reside. This makes it easier for you to distinguish between the different notes by allowing the scents to separate in their own ways.

Is temperature important?

To fully appreciate sparkling wine, it is important to serve it at the appropriate temperature. White sparkling wines, such as Prosecco, should be served chilled at 45-50°F (7-10°C), but rosé sparkling wines should be served slightly cooler, at 40-45°F (4-7°C). Avoid serving sparkling wine too cold since severe temperatures can impair the flavors and fragrances.

Pouring correctly

When pouring sparkling wine, hold the bottle at a slight slant and pour slowly to reduce foam and maintain bubbles. Fill the glass roughly two-thirds full to allow for swirling and releasing the wine’s scent. Avoid overfilling the glass, which can result in spillage and loss of carbonation.

Sipping and savoring

After indulging in the scents, sample a tiny amount of the sparkling wine and allow it to linger on your tongue. Observe the little bubbles dance across your tongue and the sharp acidity revitalizing your taste buds. Taste the wine and enjoy its luscious berries, green apple, sharp citrus, and delicate minerality.

What food to pair

Because of its adaptability, sparkling wine goes well with a variety of meals. While rosé sparkling wines go well with salads, charcuterie, and fruity desserts, white sparkling wines go well with seafood, poultry, and light appetizers. Try a variety of pairings to find your favorite combinations of flavors.

Sparkling wine lends sophistication and sparkle to any situation, whether you’re celebrating or just taking a moment to unwind. You may take your enjoyment of sparkling wine to new levels by learning the fundamentals, selecting the appropriate glassware, serving at the ideal temperature, practicing the pour, relishing the smells, drinking and savoring, and matching with food. So go ahead, unscrew the cork and raise a glass of bubbly to the exuberance of life!

Text and pics: Yle Balaceanu

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