It’s the perfect celebratory beverage. Bubbly, effervescent but is it sparkling or Champagne? Are they made the same? What makes them different and does that difference change how you pair them with food?

Pelee Island Winery Lola Sparkling Blush Rosé VQA Ontario rosé wine. Ontario Wine Awards Gold Medal Winner. This blush sparkling wine has hints of strawberry and blood orange flavours, serve chilled.
Lola Rosé
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Here are 5 talking points for celebrating this holiday season with tiny bubbles in the wine… to make you feel happy… to make you feel fine.

The Bubbles

1. How do they get those bubbles in there? A secondary fermentation which is induced when sugar and yeast are added to a still base wine.

Champagne vs. Sparkling

2. What is Champagne and why is it different? First let’s note that it must be from the region of Champagne, France to be called Champagne. If it is not but still made the same way, it is called the Traditional Method.

Pelee Island Winery Lola Vidal Sparkling VQA Ontario wine is lightly frothy and floral, delicate on the palate with a clean, dry finish.
Lola Vidal
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Sparkling Methods

3. What are the methods of making sparkling wine?

– Champagne or Traditional Method

– Charmat or Tank Method

– Transfer Method

– Continuous Method

– Ancestral Method – Carbonation

Pelee Island Winery’s Chosen Method

4. What method does Pelee Island Winery use? We use the Charmat Method.

Pelee Island Winery Bella Sparkling Pinot Noir and Auxerrious VQA. “Bella”, the Italian word for beautiful, is a perfect and simple description for this wine. She is a sparkling beauty with a lovely cherry and lemon bouquet. This pink bubbly wine makes a refreshing addition to any meal, especially a romantic one with your partner all’aperto. Cincin!
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During this process wine undergoes first or secondary fermentation in pressurized stainless-steel tanks vs bottles as in the Traditional Method.

The method is named after the French winemaker, Eugene Charmat, who patented the process in 1907.

The Method and Food

5. Does the method change which foods pair well with the wine? Yes it does. Champagne or the Traditional method create a wine that is more complex and rich. The Charmat Method will produce a wine that is more crisp and has more fruit forward aromatics. This makes it perfect for pairing with salty dishes and oysters.

The complexity of wines made in the Traditional Method pair well with white meat dishes and heartier vegan fare.

Note: both pair well with soy sauce based dishes.

Pelee Island Winery Lola Secco VQA Sparkling Bubbles. Pale in colour. Light and frothy while green apple and pear dance on the palate. A great choice to celebrate with friends or enjoy with a light meal. Ontario Sparkling wine.
Lola Secco
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Pelee Island Winery wines made in the Charmat Method include Lola Rosé, Lola Vidal and the new Bella and Lola Secco.

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