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Sparkling and still wines, recognize their main qualities

Even the greatest wine lovers face the same problem when they decide to buy a bottle of wine as a gift: sparkling or still wine? On this occasion, we will give you many tips on how to choose a wine for a particular occasion.

I imagine you are one of those who often ask yourself: What kind of wine should accompany what kind of food? However, most people tend to be adventurous and can manage to mix everything, especially white wines.

It is good to follow some factors that determine how to choose the right wine, such as: the alcohol content, the acidity and even the type of grape. Although, it is best to choose a wine that suits your tastes.

Forget buying champagne for your friend’s engagement party just because it’s appropriate. You could be the best godfather by wearing a Pinot Nero IGP Trevenezie. Read on to learn the difference between sparkling and still wines, and be even more prepared for the next occasion.


Sparkling and still wines


Main differences

For the few known in the field, the main difference between still and sparkling wine is that the latter contains carbon dioxide. This causes the well-known effervescence effect, which is achieved during the second fermentation process.

During fermentation, the winemaker makes a mixture of several grams of yeast along with sugar that is added to wine produced from carbon dioxide. And so Prosecco Spago DOC wine comes to life, for example.

And ready! The end result is an exquisite sparkling wine. In addition, these wines also contain fruits other than grapes, such as: pears, apples, strawberries, citrus and vanilla.

Due to its unique taste, sparkling wine is often used only to celebrate special occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, baptisms, engagement parties, major sporting and television events.




Classification of still wines

To classify still wines, one must be able to distinguish between five basic classifications.

  • General or as an effect: this classification is divided into still wines and wines with special characteristics of the production process.
  • By sugar content: different categories can be observed depending on the sugar content of the wine or the remainder of the fermentation.
  • By color: here we find white, rosé (Bardolino Chiaretto it is a good proposal) and red wines.
  • According to its age: it is given by the aging time of the wine.
  • Depending on the variety of grape from which it is obtained: it can be seen if the wine is made from a single variety of grape or from a mixture of several.

The above classifications are very widespread, but nevertheless, due to the latest trends, wines are categorized according to style, without distinction by method of production or other characteristics:

  • White light
  • White with body
  • Aromatic white
  • Pink
  • Red light
  • Red with body
  • Special wine: sweet and generous

Sparkling and still wines


Classification of sparkling wines

Sparkling wines are usually classified as brut nature, based on their sweetness (up to 3 grams of sugar per liter):

  • Extra brut (up to 6 grams of sugar per liter)
  • Brut (up to 15 grams of sugar per liter)
  • Extra dry (up to 12-20 grams of sugar per liter)
  • Dry (17 to 35 grams of sugar per liter)
  • Semi-dry (33-50 grams of sugar per liter)
  • Sweet (more than 50 grams of sugar per liter)

For grape varieties, most white sparkling wines are made with Chardonnay, but the rosé can be a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Nero IGP Trevenezie. Of course, there are other varieties depending on the production area.



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