#AskMelissa – Can All Sparkling Be Called Champagne?

Let me paint a picture for you: Imagine you’re in Champagne, France doing a Champagne tasting at a Champagne house. Do you ask them for another taste of Champagne and expect them to pour you something from California, or Italy, or Spain Absolutely not. They will pour you Champagne from Champagne, France because you asked for Champagne.

CHAMPAGNE CAN ONLY BE CALLED CHAMPAGNE WHEN IT IS FROM CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE.

I apologize for the caps lock shouting, but this is something that everyone needs to know and remember. Champagne falls under the sparkling wine category, but not all sparkling wine can be called Champagne. If you ask for Prosecco, you’ll get Italy. Cava? Spain. Sekt? Germany. Sparkling wine? California and many other regions/countries. There are stylistic and varietal differences between these (which we can get into during another #AskMel sesh), but the key thing to remember here, boys and girls, is that when you say you’re looking for a bottle of Champagne, you’ll be directed to a bottle from Champagne, France. So be prepared to pay a bit more money, but then subsequently use #worthit afterwards.

Prost, M

P.S. This post is now a drinking game…take a sip every time I use the word “Champagne.”