Sparkling wine production can be fun. It can also be challenging, complicated, and filled with unknowns.
Winemakers with a solid understanding of wine chemistry are able to select the best wines suited for quality sparkling wines. But what does this mean?
It means that the most successful sparkling wines are derived from grapes that produce wines that check off key details associated with their production. While there is no one way to manufacture a sparkling wine, there are certain elements associated with the wine that the winemakers should look for to ensure flavor, foaming, and sustainability in the bottle.
The May 2019 Darn Good Winemakers session reviewed how to produce a wine that delivers a quality sparkling wine product, regardless of what carbonation process you choose. We dived into some details associated with what to look for in the vineyard into managing key physical chemistries associated with sparkling wine stability.
“It’s All About That Base: Sparkling Wine Production Details” covers:
- Harvest parameters for grapes destined for sparkling wine production
- Fermenting the base wine
- Blending a sparkling wine base
- Sparkling wines and tartrate stability
- Sparkling wines and protein stability
Video length: 49 minutes…