Can English Sparkling Wine Overtake Prosecco?
23rd November 2016
English sparkling wine is made in the same way as Champagne, with a second fermentation in the bottle. Prosecco, however, is made using the Charmat method, where the second fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks.
Because Prosecco is quicker to make it has a cheaper price point compared to English sparkling wine which takes longer to make.
There is a rising popularity of English sparkling wine though which is down to the improved quality over the last few years. It is often compared to having a similar taste to Champagne and sometimes even beating Champagne in blind taste tests. English sparkling wine should, however, be looked at on its own merits rather than compared to Champagne. Whether it ever overtakes the popularity of Prosecco, which is often a sweeter, cheaper and easy to drink, also made in much bigger quantities than English sparkling wine, we will have to wait and see.
There is a range of quality English sparklings available to try, they can be fruity, often reminiscent of an apple orchard or an English summer garden. They also pair well with a variety of food, including the English staple of fish and chips. So next time you’re looking for a new bubbly to try, experience the taste of an English sparkling wine.
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