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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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Sparkling wine – South Africa

What Sparkling wine was pioneered by Simonsig Estate in Stellenbosch, in 1971, using the traditional method, here known as Methode Cap Classique (MCC) – directly analagous to the methode traditionelle of Champagne, but neither of those terms is legally permitted since the 1990s. … Continue reading

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