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Download a copy of our free Book of Bubbly. In it, you'll learn the history of sparkling wine, how to pair bubbly with food, and discover recipes that pair well with bubbly like air-fried calamari, drunken noodles, and even a berry pavlova.

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Coravin Sparkling™ unlocks a world of possibilities for sparkling wine lovers around the world. This sparkling wine preservation system preserves the crisp flavor and effervescence of your favorite sparkling wines for up to 4 weeks, ensuring that the last glass will taste just as amazing as the first. Now, instead of needing to finish a bottle of bubbly over a few hours, you can have a glass today, a mimosa next week, then finish the bottle with friends two weeks after that.

Read on to learn a little more about sparkling wine then download our Book of Bubbly for additional content, including recipes to pair with bubbles.

History of sparkling wine

Sparkling wine is believed to have originated in central Europe – specifically in Languedoc, a former province of southern France – as far back as 1531. Early writings suggest that the first sparkling wine was made using the ancestral method, or méthode ancestrale, where fermentation is stopped early and wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in bottle. This method was likely discovered accidentally when cold winter came early, halting the first fermentation.

Here are some other bubbly milestones:

  • 1531: First record of sparkling wine made in southern France

  • 1729: Ruinart, the oldest Champagne house, is founded

  • 1887: Court of Appeal in Angers decrees ‘Champagne wines’ shall refer exclusively to wine produced in the province of Champagne

  • 1936: Moët & Chandon launches first publicly available prestige cuvée with the 1921 vintage of Dom Pérignon

Types of sparkling wine

While all sparkling wines sport the signature bubbles that tickle your nose, that’s where the similarities end. Explore all this exciting category of wine has to offer, from Cava to Champagne to Cremant and beyond. Then use the Coravin Sparkling system to perfectly preserve each bottle for up to 4 weeks, so the last glass will taste just as fresh as the first.

  • Champagne | France: Made in a wide array of styles from completely dry to quite sweet, this wine must come from the region of Champagne in northern France.

  • Cremant | France: This French wine is made in the same style as Champagne; however it’s made with grapes from outside the Champagne region of France.

  • Presecco | Italy: Prosecco is made in northeast Italy, mostly in the Conegliano Valdobbiadene region near Venice. It is Italy’s most popular wine and pairs great with antipasto, cured meats, and almonds – we recommend it al fresco on a warm evening.

Serving sparkling wine

Coravin Sparkling makes “popping a bottle for special occasions only” a thing of the past. Have bubbles for brunch, bubbles after business wins, bubbles on basic weeknights – Coravin Sparkling keeps your favorite bottles of bubbly fresh for up to 4 weeks. Here's what you need to know about serving sparkling wine:

  • Serving order: Serve multiple wines throughout an evening without pressure to finish the bottles. As a general rule, start with light-colored sparkling wines. Sparkling rosé and reds are served after rich whites like chardonnay and before light still reds like Pinot Noir.

  • Serving temperature: It’s best to keep sparkling wines cold. That means somewhere between 38°F and 45°F (3°C to 7°C). For convenience, once you take your bottles of bubbly out of the fridge, use an ice bucket to keep them cold between pours.

  • Serving glass: We love a tulip shaped glass for sparkling wines, but if you want to serve bubbles in a flute or coupe, we won’t stop you. If you’re doing a side-by-side tasting, make sure you use the same shaped glass for every pour.

Learn about other types of sparkling wine and what to pair them with in our special Book of Bubbly. Share your pairings with us, @coravin.

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