Not All That Sparkles is Champagne

Champagnes and Sparkling Wines at the Denver Liquor Barn (Denver's best liquor store!)

No toast is complete without the sparkling sweetness of a glass of sparkling wine.  But it’s not all champagne…

All champagnes are sparkling wines, but not all sparkling wines are champagnes.  Only sparkling wines from the Champagne region of France are technically “Champagnes”, but there are several other styles of sparkling wine from many other regions and countries.  Notably, Cava from Spain, Prosecco from Italy, and California Champagne from the USA.

But what’s the difference between these sparkling wines?

The major difference is in the process of fermentation.  The bubbles in Champagne (French and Californian) are formed when the Champagne goes through a second fermentation in a sealed bottle.  For Prosecco and Cava, the second fermentation is done in a large vat, also known as the Charmat method. These wines are also made from different grape varietals: Champagne from chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes; cava from macabeo, parellada and xarel-lo grapes and prosecco from glera grapes.

Champagnes and Sparkling Wines at the Denver Liquor Barn (Denver's best liquor store!)

Champagnes and Sparkling Wines at the Denver Liquor Barn

Each wine has different amounts of fizz, either frizzante or spumante. The easiest way to determine how much fizz your bubbly will have is to simply compare the corks. If the cork has a string attached to it, you’ll have light fizz, and if you notice a wire cork cage, then you’ll have heavy fizz.

And in general as far as taste, Champagne is rich and complex, while cava and prosecco are lighter and slightly fruitier.

Now that you know a little about sparkling wine, here are a few of the many choices we’re offering at Liquor Barn:

  • ANDRE BLUSH-PINK
  • ANDRE BRUT
  • ANDRE COLD DUCK
  • ANDRE EXTRA DRY
  • ANDRE PEACH
  • ANDRE SPUMANTE
  • ANDRE STRAWBERRY
  • B & B
  • BALLATORE SPUMANTE
  • BAREFOOT BUBBLY BERRY FUSION
  • BAREFOOT BUBBLY BRUT
  • BAREFOOT BUBBLY CITRUS FUSION
  • BAREFOOT BUBBLY EXTRA DRY
  • BAREFOOT BUBBLY PINK MOSCATO
  • BAREFOOT BUBBLY PINOT GRIGIO
  • BAREFOOT BUBBLY RED MOSCATO
  • BAREFOOT BUBBLY TROPICAL FUSION
  • BITCH BUBBLY
  • CARA MIA MOSCATO D’ASTI
  • CHANDON BRUT
  • CHANDON ROSE
  • COOKS BRUT
  • COOKS EXTRA DRY
  • COOKS GRAND RESERVE
  • COOKS MOSCATO
  • COOKS SPUMANTE
  • COOKS SWEET ROSE
  • CUATRO BRUT CAVA
  • CUPCAKE PROSECCO
  • DOM PERIGNON
  • FLIP FLOP CHAMPAGNE CHARDONNAY
  • FREIXENET CORDON NEG BRUT
  • FREIXENET EXTRA DRY
  • GANCIA ASTI
  • GANCIA PROSECCO
  • KORBEL BRUT
  • KORBEL BRUT ORGANIC
  • KORBEL EXTRA DRY
  • KORBEL SWEET CUVEE
  • LAPOSTOLLE CABERNET
  • LAPOSTOLLE CARMENERE
  • LAPOSTOLLE CHARDONNAY
  • LAPOSTOLLE MERLOT
  • LAPOSTOLLE SAUV BLANC
  • MARTINI & ROSSI ASTI SPUMANTE
  • PALLADINO MOSCATO D ASTI
  • ROSCATO ROSSO
  • STELLINA DI NOTTE PROSECCO
  • VERDI RASPBERRY
  • VEUVE CLICQUOT BRUT
  • ZARDETTO PROSECCO BRUT

We typically stock even more great champagnes and sparkling wines. including gift sets from Dom Perignon, .  Give us a call to confirm availability if you’re looking for something specific!