Sparkling wine is a mainstay of many festivities, from soirées to afternoon teas. Throughout all seasons, many flock to purchase sparkling wine to adorn picnic tables, wedding breakfasts and festive get-togethers. However, how you serve the wine is almost as important as the wine itself to truly make it shine. Our winemaker, Tobias Tullberg, explains how best to serve fizz, so it really sparkles.
Is English sparkling wine like Champagne?
When serving fizz at Hambledon, we are often asked about the similarity between English sparkling wine and champagne. Our honest answer: it depends! Quality English sparkling wine, such as those from Hambledon Vineyard, are very similar to Champagne, using the same grape varieties and production methods.
However, the regulations in England are quite loose thus many English sparklers are nothing like Champagne, using different grape varieties and shorter and/or different production methods.
One thing we can say for certain, is that English Sparkling Wine is often a great talking point among guests.
Is sparkling wine vegan?
Most sparkling wines are not vegan, due to animal products used for clarification and fining. However, at Hambledon Vineyard we do not use these products, hence our sparkling wine is vegan- making it perfect for all guests.
When to drink sparkling wine?
At all times, except for when driving or operating heavy machinery. In our view, there is no occasion that doesn’t justify sparkling wine.
When to serve sparkling wine?
When you want to make your guests happy.
How to open sparkling wine without popping
Remove the wire, grab the cork, tilt the bottle slightly and slowly turn it with your other hand until the cork gently comes off.
How to open sparkling wine without a corkscrew
Corkscrews are not necessary to open sparkling wine, in fact, doing so can be dangerous. Without a corkscrew, remove the wire, grab the cork, tilt the bottle slightly and slowly turn it with your other hand until the cork gently comes off.
What is the ideal sparkling wine serving temperature?
This is subjective and largely down to personal taste. Generally, 8-10 Celsius is a good indication. For Hambledon's Finest English Fizz, it is best to take it out of the fridge 20-30min before serving (and maybe even opening it a few minutes before pouring). However, sparkling wine with more residual sugar or of lesser quality does well served as cold as possible.