Jan 10, 2014
Battle of the bubblies!
For years, Champagne has long been the choice of sauce for celebrating special occasions, from birthdays and anniversaries to weddings and christenings.
However, recent findings from market research analysts Nielsen indicate Prosecco is becoming increasingly popular, but what exactly is the difference between the two bubbly treats besides the pricetag?
What’s in a name?
Rather a lot when it comes to Champagne and Prosecco; Prosecco is the name of both the grape and the wine – the grape grows in the Veneto region of North-eastern Italy.
Champagne, on the other hand, is the name of the region and the wine itself. The primary grapes used in Champagne production are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
There are also big differences in the way the drinks are produced.
Ordinarily Prosecco is produced using the Charmat method, whereby the secondary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, which makes the Italian bubbly far less expensive to produce.
Champagne on the other hand uses the Methodé Champenoise in which a second alcoholic fermentation – induced by the addition of yeast and rock sugar – takes place after primary fermentation.
Location, location, location
Many people know that Champagne can only be produced in the Champagne region of France, but the same rules apply to Prosecco. Even if a wine producer uses the same grapes and the same method, they can’t call their wine Prosecco unless it is produced in the Veneto region of Italy.
Do good things only come to those who wait?
Finally, the last main difference between the two bubblies is the storage. Prosecco is best consumed as early as possible, while Champagne is best left to develop. Depending on the quality of harvest, Champagne can take anywhere between eighteen months and three years to reach its full flavour potential.
So there you have it – the difference between Prosecco and Champagne explained. Why not pop into your favourite Pesto and try a blind taste test with your significant other? In addition to Champagne and Prosecco we have an extensive red, white and rosé wine list to choose from.
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