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Dear Dr. Vinny,
What does the wine abbreviation “MCC” refer to?
“MCC” is an abbreviation for “méthode cap classique,” a category of sparkling wines made in South Africa. It means the bubbly was made in the traditional method of Champagne production, where a secondary fermentation happens inside the bottle. It’s more labor-intensive than other methods, such as charmat.
MCC and traditional method sparkling wines tend to have finer bubbles and more detailed aromas and flavors, including some yeasty notes, but some folks prefer the fresher fruit flavors (and lower price tags) of sparkling wines made via other methods.