Category Archives: SPARKLING WORLDWIDE

Pizzini Franciacorta NV

Barone Pizzini, Animante, DOCG Franciacorta, Lombardy, Italy, NV Franciacorta See my notes covering Franciacorta.  In brief, the minimum ageing period before release, for NV, is 25 months after harvest, comprising at least 18 months on the lees, and at least 7 … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – Austria

What Austrian Sekt is a sparkling wine made by tank, transfer, or traditional method. It was first produced in 1846 by Schlumberger, where it remains in production today (3). In June 2016 a 3-step quality pyramid was introduced, with minima of … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – nascent regions

In this post I will be looking at India and China. India (Nashik Region – because LVMH is establishing there, and they know exactly where to plant) At 20N, the climate is a bit on an issue.  Table grapes are … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – South America

South America As a sweeping statement – most home produced sparkling wine is consumed domestically, mostly with a fruit forward style, using the charmat method. Crucial acidity is maintained by virtue of altitude, latitude, or climate moderation through proximity to … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – mainland Australia

What Australia would not be the first place to think of to make world-class cool climate champagne style wines.  But, providing cool sites can be found, by virtue of altitude, latitude, or both, then fundamentally this is possible.  Other factors … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – Tasmania

What A cool climate Australian sparkling wine producing state, at latitude 42° – the same as Barcelona, in Spain. Modern viticulture started in the late 1980s, since when it has become both a valued source of high quality base wine … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – New Zealand

What The latitudinal extent of New Zealand (NZ), at about 13.5 degrees, or about 800 miles or 1300 km, from the sub-tropical north to cool climate south, means that there are few wine styles that cannot be attempted; fine terroirs … Continue reading

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