Anatomy of a Northern Michigan Sparkling Wine Label

Life’s celebrations, big and small, are all the more special with a bottle of Northern Michigan sparkling wine. Finding the right bottle, however, gets a little tricky. Here’s a little sparkling wine savoir faire to decode the nomenclature on your next bottle of bubbly.


Blanc de Blancs

This means your bubbly is made entirely from white grapes. In Champagne this means exclusively chardonnay, but elsewhere it may include pinot blanc, pinot gris, riesling and other white varietals.

Blanc de Noirs

Literally “white from black” these are light-colored wines made exclusively from red grapes, typically pinot noir, wherein the skin has little or no contact with the juice.

Rosé

Think pink. Rosés may be a blend of red and white grapes, but their sexy flush is derived from a short contact between skin and juice or the addition of a red wine dosage.

Brut

Most bubbly falls into this designation of dryness, which requires that the wine contain between 0 and 15 grams of sugar per liter. The style can vary widely but expect all Brut to be dry.

Extra-dry

Confusingly counterintuitive, extra-dry wines actually contain a low level of perceptible sweetness that often helps accent the fruit. This style is popular with tank-fermented wines like Prosecco.

Demi-sec

Undeniably saccharine on account of a heavier dosage, the bubbles and inherent acidity in demi-sec wines keeps them from being sticky and makes them ideal for dessert.

Now that you know how to read the labels on Northern Michigan sparkling wine, try a few of these L. Mawby sparkling wine cocktail recipes.


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