A simple breakdown of our favorite bubbles for your holiday consumption:
A true Champagne is a sparkling wine made exclusively in the Champagne region of France and is made from any combination of the following three grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. You'll taste a distinct "yeasty" or "bready" note and notice tiny bubbles and a foam that lingers for awhile on the top of the glass.
Our pick: Champagne Vollereaux $32.99
Cava is "Champagne from Spain", or more accurately, Spanish sparkling wine. It's made from native Spanish grapes and the process used in the production of Cava is the same as Champagne, so you'll see the same small bubbles, but notice a lighter, less intense flavor.
Our pick: Freixenet Cava $9.99
Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine made from the Italian Glera grape. A crisp and fruity taste accompany big bubbles, and you'll notice a slightly sweeter and less complex taste than a traditional Champagne.
Our pick: Salatin Prosecco $13.99
Cheers! And enjoy the festive season!
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