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(NAPSA) - There is more than one way to seize the day. Live each day to the fullest-take time to enjoy a sunset, dance to some favorite music and enjoy your favorite food and drink.
Many people may think of sparkling wine only for "special occasions," and the mystery of sparkling wines and champagne may be the reason. Demystify those notions with some bubbly basics:
Sparkling Wine vs. Champagne
Both bubble, the bottles look the same-what is the difference?
Sparkling wines are created the same way as champagne. The major difference between the two is where the grapes are grown and where the wine is produced. Grapes used for champagne come from France's northernmost region of the same name, while grapes used in sparkling wine are grown all over the world.
One ideal place to grow sparkling wine grapes in the U.S. is Washington.
"The natural elements in the Columbia Valley region with its sunshine, little rainfall and good temperatures help to produce grapes that provide superior flavor for our sparkling wines," says Rick Casqueiro, winemaker for Domaine Ste. Michelle.
Everyday celebrations are as economic as they are fun. Four types of sparkling wine to look for include:
Now that you know what you're looking for, here are some tips on how you easily can celebrate everyday occasions with unique food pairings:
Sparkling Wine Food Pairing
Most people are aware that sparkling wine goes well with berries and dessert, but did you know that sparkling wine pairs nicely with the same foods you'd enjoy with beer?
So add a twist to your every day by serving sparkling wine. Here are some ways to incorporate sparkling wine into your everyday life:
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