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All Things That Sparkle: Sparkling Wine Tasting

Although many use the words sparkling wine and champagne interchangeably, “champagne” refers to bubbly produced in the Champagne region of France, a distinction so strict that European Union countries legally reserve the label “champagne” for sparkling wines grown in the country’s northeast region. Sparkling wine, on the other hand, is an umbrella term for a number of different carbonated wines, such as prosecco (sparkling wine produced in specific regions of Italy) and cava (Spanish sparkling wine). On Dec. 29, Union Market’s Vitis Wines will be hosting a guided tasting to elucidate some of these common misconceptions. Participants will get to sample six different sparkling wines—including cava, prosecco, and champagne (and maybe something sparkly from the U.S. too!)—while also getting all their undying questions about the fizzy beverages answered by the professionals. Of course, the tasting will also focus on how to truly taste the difference between the bubblies (hint: It’s all about the grapes used, sweetness levels, and fermentation process). After the tasting, attendees will have the opportunity to buy bottles, specially priced, to ring in the new year with a little sparkle. All Things That Sparkle starts at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 29 at Alcove Next to District Fishwife, 1309 5th St. NE. Register at vitiswinesunionmarket.com. $15.