Champagne Vs. Sparkling Wine Vs. Prosecco

Champagne vs Sparkling WineUnderstanding Different Sparkling Wines

Many people who love indulging in bubbly have no idea what the difference is between champagne, sparkling wine and prosecco. If you assumed this was simply another name for the same thing, you are incorrect. The name of a specific type of bubbly is actually dependent on the region in which the grapes were grown and harvested.

The short and sweet answer to what the difference is between champagne and sparkling wine is that sparkling wine can only be called champagne if the grapes come from the region of Champagne, France. This sparkling city sits right outside of Paris, and turns Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, and Pinot Meuniers into Champagne. It may seem confusing but all champagne is considered sparkling wine, although this statement is not true vice versa.

The same goes when questioning why Prosecco is a sparkling wine but a sparkling wine cannot be a Prosecco. Prosecco is always made from the Italian grape, Glera and can only be grown and harvested in the Veneto region of northeast Italy.

We recommend tasting these three bubblies side by side and taking notes to help you notice the differences more clearly:

  • La Marca Prosecco; $11.99 – With hints of honeysuckle, white peach, and apple, the pleasant acidity of this sparkling wine will help you notice the unique aromas.
  • Chandon Brut Classic; $15.99 – You can experience the complexities of a true champagne by indulging in this sparkling wine that has complex hints of citrus spice, pear and apple.
  • Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Wine; $9.99 – Once you have tasted the sparkling wines from Italy and France, take a moment to indulge in an Australian sparkling wine. See if you can tell the difference in the complexity of the wine!

Contact the Ventura County Winery Association to schedule a wine tour to go wine tasting at one of our multiple featured Ventura County local wineries. For more information about great opportunities for wine lovers to gather in Ventura County, contact the Ventura County Winery Association. We keep our finger on the pulse of all of the local wine-related happenings so we can keep you looped in on the fun!

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