Wine Varietal

Sparkling Wine
  • Pronounced
    sham-PANE
  • Appearance
    Pale straw yellow, golden or pink
  • Body Style
    Light to full-bodied
  • Flavors
    Apples, citrus, peaches, apricots, honey, creamy, vanilla, custard, toasty and yeast
  • Major Source
    France (Champagne region); California
  • Food Matches
    Appetizers
    Brie
    Camembert
    Delicate Fish
    Shellfish
Only wines produced in the Champagne region of France can be authentically termed as Champagne. Elsewhere it should only be referred to as sparkling wine, even though the same grapes and processes are used to produce it. Champagne is usually a blend of several vintages and includes the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes. Champagne ranges in style from full-bodied where a larger percentage of Pinot Noir grapes are used, to a lighter-bodied style using a higher amount of Chardonnay.