Grapes are grown and still wine is made in every state in the union these days, but sparkling wine—that's a different story. It poses notable challenges that range from the grapes themselves—the best are harvested for firm structure and full flavor, no mean feat given the hot growing seasons of many states—to the labor-intensive techniques necessary to produce the bubbles.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands December 31, 2004.
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