Category: Sparkling Wine

  • Glass of Prosecco

    Prosecco 101 – The Ultimate Guide

    Prosecco is one of the best tasting Italian wines that you shouldn't miss. If you'd like to learn more on this ultimate favorite drink, follow along as we guide you on how to enjoy every sip of it.

    So before you do your wine shopping in your favorite cellar shops, a little help from our guide will help you to pick the best bottle of Prosecco. You'll learn how it's made, the characteristics and how to enjoy it whatever the occasion. Continue reading

  • Monsigny Champagne No III

    Monsigny Champagne No III Brut (Aldi) Review

    When we heard Aldi were releasing more of the Monsigny Champagne, we had to get a bottle and see if it still lives up to the hype. Aldi have a reputation of selecting wonderful cheap, and very affordable, champagnes. Around holiday periods, they'll often put a lot of thought into finding a good champagne for bulk purchase, so when they went for Monsigny Champagne again, we decided we had to get a crate in the FineWineMaster office and see if it still lives up to the hype. Continue reading

  • Dessert wines

    A Personal Guide to the Amazing World of Dessert Wines

    Dessert wines, also known as pudding wines in some regions in the world, are sweet wines served with dessert, and it’s no easy task to define them. In the USA, a wine needs to have more than 14% alcohol by volume for it to be described as a dessert wine. But at the same time, many fortified wines contain even more alcohol than 14%. Then there are German dessert wines that contain 50% less alcohol than that.

    You get the picture of why it is not easy to put a strict definition of what defines a dessert wine. Continue reading

  • Japanese wine country

    History Of Wine In Japan

    Viticulture in Japan dates back to 718 AD. The first consumption of wine recorded in Japanese history was in the 16th century. At this time, Jesuit Missionaries from Portugal came to Japan. The leader of the mission, presented European wines as gifts to woo the goodwill of the feudal lords who ruled the Japanese residents of Kyūshū at that time.

    The missionaries were accepted into the Japanese community. As the missionaries used wine in their meetings, Japanese indigenes gradually acquired a taste for imported wines made from grapes. The Japanese coined the term "chintashu," which was used to refer to the Portuguese red wine that was becoming quite popular during that period. Continue reading

  • Cava wine

    Cava Wine – The wine and the beauty behind

    Cava (with it's home in Penedes, Catalonia) is a Spanish sparkling wine mainly made from Macabeu white grape. It's light bitter finish, and lemony flavor has a taste similar to green almonds made from a specific variety of grapes grown in the region. Continue reading

  • Syrah Wine

    A Comprehensive Guide to Syrah Wine

    Syrah is pretty much a synonym for a dark, full-bodied red wine, with its dark fruit flavor varying from savory black olive to sweet blueberry. Winemakers often blend it with varieties such as Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, or even the richer Mourvedre, to make it taste more complete. Continue reading

  • Is Champagne wine? Is Rosé Champagne really champagne?

    Is Champagne wine? Differences from sparkling wine

    Champagne is made from a blend of grapes (typically Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) which are then fermented. Champagne can be made from a blend of different wines, and even often difference vintages - the exception being in the case of "vintage" champagne which is unsurprisingly comprised only of a single vintage. Continue reading