Making Other Sparkling Wines

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On Food and Cooking

By Harold McGee

Published 2004

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The traditional Champagne process is labor intensive, time consuming, and expensive. More affordable and less complex sparkling wines are made all over the world in a number of different ways. One is simply to minimize or eliminate aging on the yeast sediment. Others involve fermenting the base wine for the second time not in individual bottles, but in large tanks, or not fermenting again at all: the cheapest sparkling wines are simply carbonated as soft drinks are, with tanks of pressurized carbon dioxide.