With a loud pop, a cork flies into the air, folks duck, yell, and chuckle as the bubbles start rolling from the bottle. The clinking of glasses fills the room as a sparkling fountain of fizz fills each glass for a toast. Right now, you may ask yourself, “Is this really Champagne, or is this Sparkling Wine?”

This question almost certainly does not occur to many party-goers at the time they're enjoying their hosts' “bubbly.” Even so, there is some consideration by most hosts about the difference between champagne and sparkling wine. You might not alter your opinion about whether to provide champagne or sparkling wine, but as a host, you will at the very least have the opportunity to make an educated choice. Let's see exactly what the variation is.


Even though many folks use this name to refer to every kind of sparkling alcoholic drink, genuine Champagne actually comes from an area in France called, yes, Champagne.

The area of Champagne in France is now so well-liked with their sparkling wine making techniques that numerous producers have tried to duplicate them. However, these knock-offs in no way meet the title. It's not hard to understand, considering that the French have already been producing Champagne inside the Champagne area ever since the early 1700’s.

With Champagne, the wine is actually bottled before it is completely fermented. The fermentation process inside the bottle generates carbon dioxide, therefore introducing the bubble to the bubbly.

Sparkling Wine

Sparkling Wine isn't fermented in the bottle, but instead is injected with large amounts of carbon dioxide during the bottling process. Because of this injecting of the carbon dioxide, Sparkling Wine normally has a higher quantity of bubbles, providing an even more dramatic “pop” when the cork is removed. To the well educated palate, the mechanically infused bubbles can offer a rather mechanical taste.

Another distinction between the 2 beverages is the origin of the grapes. Just as in traditional wine, the location and conditions in which the grapes had been produced influence the end product. The grapes found in Sparkling Wine usually create a much lighter feel than Champagne.

Interested in learning more about the difference between the 2 bubbly drinks? Challenge yourself to a flavor test! Buy a bottle of Champagne and a bottle of Sparkling Wine. Taste the 2 side-by-side and you'll start to detect delicate differences. Then chances are you will observe some subtleties, although not a great deal on the initial try. Invite friends and family to join you. It is exciting to match information to see how complex your taste buds may be.

In the future, when somebody pops the cork on a bottle of bubbly, you will have the knowledge you'll want to ascertain if that bottle is Sparkling Wine or whether it came from the Champagne region and it's truly Champagne. That information probably won't make a difference as you and your fellow party-goers are toasting and enjoying the bubbly, but it's just another fun factor to learn about wine.