Hello there! I'm Dr. Vinifera, or "Vinny" for short. Ask me your toughest wine questions, from the technical aspects of winemaking to the fine points of etiquette. I hope you find my answers educational and even amusing. Looking for a particular answer? Check my archive and my FAQs. You can also follow me on Twitter: @AskDrVinny.
I’m often seen with a glass of bubbly in my hand, not just because I’m so festive, but also because sparkling wine is one of the most versatile, food-friendly styles out there.
Likewise, I’m often seen answering questions about Champagne—the handling and serving of sparkling wines seems like it has its own set of rules, and the labels can be very confusing. As we head toward New Year’s, I’ve compiled 10 of the most popular bubbly questions I’ve answered, which should get you warmed up for the upcoming popping of the corks. And don’t forget about my bubbly basics.
Let’s toast to another great year of learning about wine together!
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