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Hello there! I'm Dr. Vinifera, but you can call me Vinny. Ask me your toughest wine questions, from the fine points of etiquette to the science of winemaking. And don't worry, I'm no wine snob—you can also ask me those "dumb questions" you're too embarrased to ask your wine geek friends! I hope you find my answers educational, empowering and even amusing. And don't forget to check out my most asked questions and my full archives for all my Q&A classics.

Wine lovers are certainly consistent! In 2018, you were just as curious about sparkling wines as you were last year and the year before and the year before that—and curious about almost the exact same topics, just in a very slightly different order. For example, interest has been growing in Brut Natural wines, as well as "pét-nats," which made the top list for the first time this year. In case you missed our most frequently asked questions, or need a refresher, we're reprising and adding to our roundup from 2015, when we first assembled this list.

Looking over the most-viewed questions for the year, it’s clear you guys are curious about bubbles. And that’s a good thing! Not only are sparkling wines festive and refreshing, you’ll find they are versatile and food-friendly. I’ve rounded up the most popular bubbly questions of the year.

If you’re still thirsty for sparkling knowledge, check out my roundup of fun party facts and my bubbly basics!

What does "brut" mean in terms of Champagne?

What's the best way to store Champagne?

If a chilled Champagne warms up and then is chilled again, will it be ruined?

How long can Champagne be stored and still be good to drink?

What's the best way to store Champagne once it's been opened?

What exactly does the term "crémant" mean on sparkling wine? Is it simply a sparkling wine from France—other than Champagne—or is there something more to it?

Does Champagne age well?

What's the difference between "natural" and "brut" Champagne?

What are these "pét-nat" sparkling wines my hipster wine friends keep talking about?

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