Sparkling wine is a wine with significant levels of carbon dioxide in it making it fizzy. The carbon dioxide may result from natural fermentation, either in the bottle, as with the méthode champenoise or traditional method, in a large tank designed to withstand the pressures involved (as in the Charmat process), or as a result of carbon dioxide injection. Sparkling wine tends to be white or rosé but there are many examples of red sparkling wines  The sweetness of sparkling wine can range from very dry brut nature to  a sweeter semi seco.

50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World recognizes outstanding sparkling wines and producers. It documents a range of sparkling wine styles for you to explore. It spotlights interesting wineries to visit for your next grape escape holiday and it provides objective professional tasting notes with producer contact details.

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