Lemon sorbet with a Prosecco pour-over.
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TYPES OF SPARKLING WINE
Asti or Asti Spumante, from the Asti region of Italy, is a sweeter style of sparkler made from Muscat grapes. The sweetness is perfect for dessert pairings, and the lighter body and low alcohol content (about 8%) help.
Cava, from Spain, is available in white or pink. As with Champagne, it is made in different levels of dryness/sweetness.
Champagne, the world’s most famous and costliest sparkler, is produced in the Champagne region of France. Although even the least expensive bottles are pricey, you can find something in the $25 range. Unless you’re a rock star, don’t pour Dom Perignon into a sorbet cocktail: The sweet sorbet will overwhelm the complexity and finesse of a great Champagne.
Cremant, from France, is a sparkler that can be produced in any region. It has lower effervescence than Champagne, giving it a creamy mouth feel.
Espumate, from Portugal, is light-bodied and very affordable sparkling option ($6-$8).
Prosecco is an Italian version of Asti (using the same production method), but it is dryer due to the grapes used. Light in body, it is available in lightly sparkling and fully sparkling varieties.
Other sparklers, less frequently found in the U.S., include Methode Cap Classique from South Africa, Sekt from Germany, Sovetskoye Shampanskoye from Russia, Sparkling Shiraz from Australia and Trento Doc from Italy.
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