Josh Jambon: An Introduction to Sparking Wines

Josh Jambon is the founder of Jambon Boats and a well-known businessman who appreciates fine wine.

Sparkling wines contain carbon dioxide bubbles. The gas naturally appears in the wine during the process of fermentation and sometimes winemakers choose to keep it in the wine. Almost every country that makes regular wines also makes sparkling wines.  

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Sparkling wine is the official name for wines with bubbles in the United States, Europe, and Canada.

The most famous sparkling wine is without a doubt Champagne. It is probably the most famous wine overall, too. Champagne is a certain type of sparkling wine that comes from a region in France that bears the same name, Champagne.

The fame of the name led to its theft by many winemakers from all over the world. This is why in the minds of many people the word Champagne is synonymous with the entire category of sparkling wines.

Winemakers from the United States could legally name any sparkling wine champagne until very recently. Even today they can use the name if they have been doing it in the past. However, most respectable winemakers from the US won’t use the word out of support for their French colleagues. This is why when you see a wine that says “Champagne” on the label but doesn’t come from France, know that there is nothing to be impressed about.

Europeans are much stricter in this area. Not only does the European Union forbid using the word champagne in the names of sparkling wines from outside of France, it also doesn’t allow winemakers to use the word as a supplement. For example, they can’t use the words “Champagne method.” Wine from outside of the European Union that has the word champagne on the label is banned from sale in the E.U., says Josh Jambon.

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