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About Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Any wine with bubbles is a sparkling wine, and they’re made around the globe. Sparkling wines are not carbonated. CO2 is a natural by-product of their fermentation. The bubble-making process begins by adding yeast and sugar to a previously fermented base wine, and sealing the tank or bottle in which that second fermentation takes place. Bottle-fermented sparkling wines, such as Champagne, tend to be rich, with significant brioche flavors from yeast.


Champagne is produced using a variety of grapes including Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. Also popular are Champagne blends, which can be found in a variety of flavors and types. The ABV for Champagne is typically around 12.20%, but can be higher.


Sparkling wines fermented in large tanks, like Prosecco, are light, fresh and fruity. Sparkling wines can be made from any grape variety, but many follow Champagne’s lead and use Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Prosecco is made with an Italian variety called Glera.

Candy Cane Mimosa

Besides being a hallmark of the holidays, candy canes make good cocktail garnishes. This yuletide-inspired take on the Mimosa packs a sweet-minty punch and looks great on a party tray. Quick tip: The longer you keep the candy cane in the drink, the redder and mintier your Mimosa will be.


  • 3/4 oz white crème de menthe, chilled
  • 1 dash chocolate bitters
  • sparkling wine, to top
  • garnish: melted chocolate chips
  • garnish: crushed candy cane
  • garnish: whole candy cane