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SPARKLING WINES

Sparkling wine is the undisputed first choice for any celebration, but not all are created equal. The most highly prized are those made by the ‘Traditional Method’, such as Champagne. These start out as regular table wines, then have additional sugar and yeast added before being sealed in their bottles. This causes the wine to ferment again, but because the carbon dioxide cannot escape, it is absorbed into the liquid, producing a drink with a fine, delicate texture. There are other, cheaper, ways of making sparkling wine, and these produce lighter, easy-drinking fizz such as Prosecco - the ideal summer aperitif.

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