Date: Thursday, December 29th
Location: Jersey Wine & Spirits, 492 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302
You won't want to miss our most decadent event yet! Get ready for New Year's Eve by learning about pairing sparkling wine with cheese. We'll taste and pair four sparkling wines and four special cheeses while learning about pairing principles. Come taste how the fattiness and saltiness of the cheeses interact with the sparkling wines' bubbles, resulting in a palate party. Educational & celebratory -- this is not a tasting to miss!
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Five Things To Know About Sparkling Wine
- All champagne is sparkling wine but not all sparkling wine is champagne. Sparkling wine is any wine that has bubbles either from fermentation or forced carbonation (think of a SodaStream system but don't try that at home. We tried it for you. It just makes a mess and ruins perfectly good wine). In order to be called Champagne the wine must meet a strict set of standards regulated by the French government including the grapes used and location made. The grapes must be Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or Pinot Meunier and grown in the Champagne region of France.
- While white is the most common color sparkling wine, there are also red and rosé sparkling wines. Sparkling Docletto, for example, is a dry, tannic, red sparkling wine while Lambrusco is usually a sweet red frizzante (smaller bubbles so the wine is more fizzy than sparkling). Sparkling rose is often sweet with hints of berry.
- There are different methods of making sparkling wine depending on the number and size of the bubbles desired. As mentioned in our first bullet, the bubbles come from fermentation or forced carbonation. It goes much deeper than that -- learn more over at Wine Folly. Just like the type of grape and the region where they are grown and the wine is made matters, the science of the bubbles also matters when labeling the wines.
- There are sweet and dry sparkling wines. Sparkling wines have a spectrum just like still wines. There are dry, semi-dry, and sweet sparkling wines with a variety of tasting notes and bouquets. A popular sweet sparkler is Moscato.
- Sparkling wine is the easiest wine to pair with food. Thanks to the bubbles constantly cleansing the palate, sparkling wine is pretty much guaranteed to pair with any food. From burgers to foie gras, brunch to late night, it's perfect for pretty much anything. Especially cheese -- the interplay of fat, salt and sparkling wine is excellent.
Come down on Thursday and learn even more and taste four sparklers! Then pick up a few bottles for New Year's Even and any time.