When talking about being wowed at a wedding, a Champagne tower and sparkling wine towers are at the top of the list! There’s nothing like the silence of on-lookers holding their breath as the golden bubbly is slowly poured from the very top glass down to the bottom glasses. For your chance to witness this feat with your very own eyes, join us Thursday, February 23, for The Brides of North Texas’ annual happy hour open to the public at the beautifully curated Domain XCIV.

We will be serving Les Jamelles Sparkling, a sparkling wine for celebrations! This bubbly is produced with the same two noble Burgundian varietals that go into the legendary crémants to yield an authentic, subtle wine. The bubbles are fine and long-lasting, rising like a delicate strand of pearls to form a narrow ribbon of mousse along the sides of the glass. This sparkling wine, with its lovely greenish-gold colour boasting brilliant highlights, features lovely vivacity on the nose and is redolent of delicious aromas of tropical fruits (mango) and dried apricot as well as buttery notes of brioche.

To give you a little more insight about sparkling wines, here is a repost of a blog from one of our very own, Ellen Ray!

Brut, Extra Dry – What’s That?

With the popularity of sparkling wines the question is frequently raised, “What do Brut, Extra Dry, Demi Sec, and Sec mean?” Most Champagne and sparkling wines indicate their level of sweetness on the label. These words describe wines from the driest to the sweetest:

• Brut – wines with little if any perceptible sweetness; thought of as very dry.
• Extra Dry – these wines are actually less dry than Brut and have just enough residual sugar to have a slightly sweet taste.
• Sec – wines sweeter than Extra Dry
• Demi-Sec – these sparkling wines are fully sweet, often served with dessert or as the dessert.

Whether you choose Champagne from the Champagne region of France, or sparkling wines from other parts of Europe, the Americas, or the world, you cannot go wrong with a well-made sparkling wine. And a more versatile wine that can complement any meal would be hard to find. Bubbly is correct to serve with appetizers, seafood, grilled meats, desserts and cheeses.

Most all French sparkling wines are made in the Methode Traditional where the second fermentation in the bottle releases the carbon dioxide producing the bubbles. The less labor intensive and cheaper method of secondary fermentation takes place in large pressurized tanks and is called Charmat. The Charmat method produces larger shorter-lived bubbles. The wines are often less complex than those produced with the Methode Traditional (check the label).

Italian bubbly comes under many well-known names:

• Prosecco can be sweet to dry. This wine is lovely as an aperitif or mixed with fruits in cocktails such as Mimosas or Bellinis.
• Asti comes in two forms – fully sparkling, once known as Asti Spumante, and Moscato d’Asti which is gently fizzy, or fizzante. Both styles can range from semi-sweet to sweet and are low in alcohol.
• Lambrusco is a sparkling red wine made from Lambrusco grapes from northern Italy. They range from semi-sweet to very sweet.

Cava is Spain’s contribution to the world of sparkling wines. They are typically crisp and dry. However, as new grape varieties have been incorporated the styles may be brut or sweet. And like French sparkling wines they are fermented in the bottle in the traditional method. Cava tend to be well priced and may pair well with variety of cheeses, appetizers, and fish.

American sparkling wines are all over the map from Brut to Sec, some made in the traditional method and some not. They are made in styles that will pair well with most any part of a meal. So many choices, so little time, right? Your favorite wine store can help you find ones that fit your flavor profile, your menu, or your pocket book!

To good wine, good food, and good times!