The following contains a listing of sparkling wines generally paired with appetizers, entrees and desserts. The sparkling wines list below provides an overview of the various wine varietals and some baseline information. If you are looking to learn about a sparkling wine, check out the list below. These sweet wines are used in Chef Vivant’s professional wine pairing algorithm for all of our appetizer, entrees and dessert recipes.
Champagne refers to sparkling wines from the Champagne region of France that are always made with a secondary fermentation in the bottle that creates it’s trademark effervescence. While made in several styles, Champagne has great acidity that makes it a great to neutral pairing for many difficult to match dishes. Only the top wines will show a vintage year, the rest will say NV indicating a blend of several vintages. NV can be drunk young while vintage wines should be aged 8-12+ years from vintage.
Prosecco is a sparkling wine from the Veneto region of Italy made from a grape with the same name. Unlike Champagne it is made using the tank method as opposed to the Champagne method thus making Prosecco much easier and cheaper to produce. It typically exhibits flavors and aromas of flowers and fruits such as peaches, pears, apples and apricots. Prosecco is best drunk very young to preserve it’s fruit freshness
Sparkling wines refer to wines made in the “Champagne Method” outside the Champagne region of France. Also, referred to as “traditional” or “Methode Champenoise”, these wines are always made with a secondary fermentation in the bottle that creates it’s trademark effervescence. While made in several styles, Sparkling wine has great acidity that makes it a great to neutral pairing to many difficult to match dishes. Sparkling wines range from a sweeter style know as “Doux” to a dry style called “Brut”. NV can drunk young while vintage wines shold be aged 8-12+ years from vintage.