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The term "Champagne" can be used for wines produced in Champagne Region only and it is essentially linked to the spirit of celebration. Most Champagne are dry or slightly off-dry but it can be sweet. There are six styles of Champagne in France - "Non-Vintage (NV)", Vintage, Rosé, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs and Prestige Cuvee.
AUSTRALIAN SPARKLING WINE
The majority of Australian sparkling wine is made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in "Traditional Method" by boutique producers, with the most common style being a blend of the two varieties. Tasmania, Yarra Valley and Adelaide Hills always produce good sparkling wines.
Sparkling Shiraz is used to be known in Australia - Sparkling Burgundy. Sparkling Shiraz made in the same way as French Champagne(Traditional Method - bottle fermented and aged on lees). Australian winesmakers have made drier, fruity and full-bodied style with strong ageing potential.
Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are in fact the same grape variety ,originated in France but the wines are different. Pinot Grigio is typically light body, crisp and fresh. In contrast, Pinot Gris is more full-bodied, richer and spicier.
Majority of people do not know there's another sparkling from Italy that goes by a different name, Franciacorta, which is more similar with Champagne than Prosecco. The rising star Franciacorta receives its bubbles by "Champagne Method". It is more riper and fuller body with less acidity at lower price.
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