Not all bottles of bubbly are created equal. 

August 24, 2017

When most of us think of sparkling wine, we tend to think of celebratory toasts and special occasions with tiny bubbles floating to the top of long fluted glasses. And there’s usually one sparkling wine in particular that springs to mind first: Champagne.

But the truth is, sparkling wine is enjoyed almost as commonly as regular wine, and there are hundreds—if not thousands—of varieties other than champagne, made all over the world.

“Spain makes the most sparkling wines,” notes Master Sommelier Melissa Monosoff, “but Italy and Germany also make a boat load.”

And while all sparkling wines have one major factor in common—the bubbles!—the main differences between them all have to do with how they’re made and what grapes are used.

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