New to wine or just curious to learn more? Having hosted thousands of wine tastings, I’ve noticed that most people start by asking me some of these common Italian wine questions.
Watch the video below and read on for the answers to those questions so that you can start to get more familiar and comfortable on your wine journey:
- What is the difference between Prosecco and Champagne?
- What are sulfites and why are they in wine?
- What causes headaches in wine?
- How do I understand Italian wine labels?
- What is DOC/DOCG and are they better?
- What is a Super Tuscan?
- What is an orange wine?
- What is corked wine and how do I identify it?
- Should I decant?
- How long can wine stay open for?
What is the difference between Prosecco and Champagne?
Well, nearly everything except they both contain bubbles.
Prosecco comes from the northeast of Italy, from the region of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia and Champagne from Champagne, France. A common misconception is that Prosecco just means a sparkling wine from Italy, but it can only be given the name Prosecco if it comes for the designated areas of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia declared by the consortium.
Prosecco comes mainly from the Glera grape varietal, while Champagne is mainly made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.
The time to make them, and style used, varies. In both cases, yeasts and sugars are added to spark a secondary fermentation. Prosecco can be made in a few months via the Charmat (or Martinotti) method, aka in pressurized steel tanks, and goes immediately out to supermarket shelves for consumption within a year, while Champagne requires a minimum aging of 18 months (36 months min. for vintage Champagne) before it can go to the market and is made in the Method Champenoise, or metodo classico, which means the second fermentation takes place in the bottle it will be sold from.
What are sulfites and why are they in wine?
What causes headaches in wine?
How do I understand Italian wine labels?
What is DOC/DOCG and are they better?
What is a Super Tuscan?
What is an orange wine?
What is corked wine and how do I identify it?
Should I decant?
How long can wine stay open for?
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