When it's time to celebrate, it's a near-unquestioned tradition to bust out the sparkling wine. A unique blend of carbonated wine available in a wide variety of flavors and forms, sparkling wine can be made using several different techniques. The most common involves subjecting it to a second fermentation process that induces carbonation by adding yeast and sugar to the wine after it's bottled.
According to Wine Mag, this is known as the méthode traditionelle. Other techniques for making sparkling wine include:
- The Charmat method, which uses a large pressurized tank to induce secondary fermentation.
- The Ancestral method, which sees the wine bottled before it's completed its first fermentation; if done incorrectly, this can cause the bottle to explode.
- Direct carbonation, which injects CO2 into the wine during the bottling process.