Didn't we get our lives last night for #WineDownLIVE with our dear friend Max?! We learned so much from how to hold a wine glass to differentiating sweet to dry varietials.
Here’s a few take seats from last nights episode.
All Champagne is NOT Champagne.
The only wines that are called Champagne are wines that are produced from the Champagne region of France. All other bubbly varietals are referenced as sparkling wines. Depending on where these sparkling wines are produced they may have different names.
On Wednesday night we enjoyed a Crémant de Bourgogne, a sparkling varietal from Burgundy. It was quite delicious with notes of strawberry and cherry. This wine rated a 9 on the BGW wine scale and is definitely being paired with brunch any day of the week!
The Sweet Scale
We also learned how to tell where wines fall on the sweet to not so sweet scale by paying attention to what what’s on the label. Here’s a breakdown of things you may see on the bottle and what you can expect.
In order from sweet to dry:
Doux - yes sugar yes!
Demi-sec - sweet treat
Extra Dry - moscato lovers beware
Brut - sweet lovers don’t even bother
Extra Brut - sis, this the end of the road
Don’t be a Heathen.
Max also taught us the proper way to hold our glass. At the stem not near the rim! When you hold your wine glass at the base (or the stem) you prevent from accidentally warming up your wine with your body heat! All the classy ladies do this!
Want to catch up on more fun from last nights episode? Click here to watch