Decoding Champagne & Sparkling Wines

Do you know, not all sparkling wines are Champagne? 

Are you one of those who don't know the difference between Sparkling Wine and Champagne? 

One of the main reason for this, is of course how well Champagne has been marketed compared to other sparkling wine. This is as phenomenal as we like to call all instant noodle, Maggi Mee or all toothpaste, Colgate.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not doing a commercial gig for instant noodle or toothpaste. The above is just an illustration on how well Champagne has been branded.

And I bet the next question is why is it so highly priced compared to still wine? Ok, so our tax has a big reason why it is expensive. Another reason is that Champagne and Sparkling Wine are priced higher because the process of making them especially Champagne is tedious and time consuming.

Champagne and other sparkling wines made through “Method traditionelle” or “Method Champenoise” needs to go through a second round of fermentation. Still wines only go through one round of fermentation. In addition, the second fermentation process happened in a bottle and needs to be aged for a certain duration before releasing out for consumption.

How about cheaper sparkling wines then, why are they able to be sold at such a low price? The answer is because these sparkling wines are not made the way Champagne is made. The “Charmat Method” goes through first round fermentation like the still wine does but the second fermentation happens in still tanks while “Injection Method” is simply injecting CO2 into the wines.

We know how confusing it can be when the only factor you are relying to choose a Champagne and Sparkling wine is by its price. Therefore, we have made an info-graphic dedicated to help you out.

The best way to choose is to decode the label on the Champagne and Sparkling wines.  So, follow the Step 1 -6 of the info-graphics and you are on your way to decoding Champagne and Sparkling wines. Happy Decoding!


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