The Right Way to Serve and Drink Sparkling Wine

There are some dos and don’ts pertaining to serving sparkling wine. You can do as you like but then you may not have the most satiating experience. The first step is to refrigerate the bottle you have purchased. Do not let it get warm. Put it in the fridge immediately after you get home. If it is winter and the temperature is well below ten degrees Celsius, then you have some time to spare. It is necessary to refrigerate sparkling wine in winter too as the temperature outside will fluctuate. Such wines do not fare well in fluctuating temperatures. Continue reading The Right Way to Serve and Drink Sparkling Wine

The Reality of Decanting a Sparkling Wine

Traditionally and historically, decanting has been a process largely limited to red wines. Many strong white wines are decanted. Some wines that are not too strong are decanted to allow the trapped aromas to blossom and be more than just a subtle sensory experience. In recent years, sparkling wine is being decanted. The finest champagnes from France or the most expensive sparkling wines from Italy, such as premium prosecco or the treasured bottles from California, are still not decanted. The decision is the discretion of a sommelier. It is the job of a sommelier to know if a particular bottle or type of sparkling wine needs to be decanted. However, what are you supposed to do when you are at your home and there is no one to tell you if a bottle of sparkling wine should be decanted or you can raise a toast immediately after uncorking it. Continue reading The Reality of Decanting a Sparkling Wine