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The Perfect Bottle of Bubbly

Finding the perfect sparkling wine to fit everyone’s tastes (or even just your own) can be difficult. We wanted to help by creating a quick reference guide below to help you find the perfect bottle. If you still have more questions stop by Bremer’s Wine and Liquor and we’ll help you find just what you’re looking for.

Dry to Sweet

CHAMPAGNE INFOGRAPHIC

Natural >> Extra Brut >> Prosecco >> Brut >> Extra Dry >> Blush >> Cold Duck >> Asti >> Sparkling Moscato

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In case you want to learn a little more about each type of sparkling wine, we’ve compiled some more info below.

(True) Champagne

  • Comes from the Champagne Region of France (90 miles northeast of Paris)
  • Made by the traditional method – a secondary fermentation occurs in the bottle. Co2 is trapped inside and becomes Champagne’s bubbles.
  • True champagne may only be made from 3 grapes – chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier
  • Champagnes are given their sweetness by being topped of with a sweetened reserve wine known as a dosage. The number of grams in this dosage will determine the category of champagne made.
  • Types of champagne from sweet to dry – Sweet >> Demi-Sec >> Sec >> Extra Dry >> Brut >> Extra Brut >> Brut Nature
  • All champagnes are blends of different still wines
  • “Blanc de blancs” champagnes are made entirely from chardonnay grapes
  • “Blanc de noirs” champagnes are made entirely from red grapes
  • Rosé champagnes can be made 1 of 2 ways, by letting the wine sit in Pinot Noir skins or by adding a bit of still Pinot Noir before the second fermentation.

“Champagne” Sparkling Wines

  • Sparkling wines made anywhere except the Champagne region of France
  • Most are made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
  • The levels of sweetness (unlike Champagne) are not regulated by law, however most top producers follow the European standards
  • Higher end sparkling wines are made by the traditional method, however there are many inexpensive sparkling wines that are made in large tanks with less expensive methods

Prosecco

  • Made principally from glera grapes (sometimes including small amounts of pinot bianco, pinot grigio or verdiso)
  • Most are fully sparkling and dry (brut) with a simple fruity flavor and a bitter edge
  • Made by the Charmat or tank method – undergoes the second fermentation in pressurized tanks rather than bottles

Asti

  • Formerly known as “Asti Spumante” (the word Spumante means foaming)
  • Aromatic, semi-sweet sparkling wine
  • Made from Moscato grapes grown in Piedmont, especially the area surrounding the towns of Asti and Alba
  • A light alcohol wine, they are typically on 7-9 percent alcohol
  • Most Asti is made by the Charmat or tank method – grapes are crushed then put in large vats and chilled to near freezing to prevent fermentation. The wine is then fermented in batches as needed.

Moscato d’Asti

  • Generally made in tiny batches by small Poedmontese producers
  • Delicate, lightly sweet and fruity
  • Low in alcohol – no more than 5.5 percent by law
  • Less effervescent than asti – it is considered “just a bit frizzante” (fizzy)

Cava

  • Sparkling wine made in Spain – 95%  coming from the Penedès region
  • Must be made by the same process as Champagne (with a second fermentation in bottle) – the term “Método Tradicional” on the label will indicate it was made using this method
  • Rosé cavas tend to be fuller-bodied than whites
  • Follows the same sweetness categories as champagne – Sweet >> Demi-Sec >> Sec >> Extra Dry >> Brut >> Extra Brut >> Brut Nature
  • By law Cava must be made from one or more of the following grape varieties: Parellada, Xarello, Macebeo, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Subirat and Trepat
  • Different from Champagne, Cava is seen as an everyman’s every-night beverage rather than a celebratory one

Drink Pink. Support Pink. 2017

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Sutter Home | Donates to National Breast Cancer Foundation

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Sutter Home for Hope | Two ways you can help.

  • For every Sutter Home wine cork, screw cap, or capsule you mail to us between September 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017, we’ll donate $1 to National Breast Cancer Foundation.
  • Plus, for every Sutter Home for Hope post you share on Facebook, between October 1, 2017 and October 31, 2017, we’ll also donate $1 to National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Our end goal is to donate $60,000 towards providing help and hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services.

To send by mail
If you’re using regular mail, please send your Sutter Home corks, capsules, or screw caps to us at:
Inmar Rebate Center
P.O. Box 426022
Del Rio, TX 78842-6022
Be sure to label your envelope with the code: SHFH17

Learn more here


Chloe Wine Collection | Donates to The Breast Cancer Charities of America

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Chloe Wine Collection has partnered with Breast Cancer Charities of America in October.

For each bottle of Chloe sold in October, Chloe Wine Collection will donate $2 to the BCCA.

Learn more here


Relax Wines | Donates to Save the Ta-Tas Foundation

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, RELAX® Wines is working to beat breast cancer. And you can help!

Raise a glass and join us in supporting the Save the ta-tas, a non-profit organization for breast cancer awareness and research. We will donate $1 for every time you use #RELAX4TaTas on Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest – or photo uploaded to our page.

Learn more here


Wines for your Valentine

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Not sure what to get for your Valentine? We know one foolproof gift… wine! We’ve put together a great selection of wines that are perfectly labeled for Valentines Day; from red to white and sweet to dry, we’ve got it all.

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Skinny Girl Wines, Vodkas and Ready-to-Serve Cocktails

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Wine | $9.99 
Cabernet Sauvignon – 100 Calories per 5 fl oz serving
Moscato – 100 Calories per 5 fl oz serving
Pinot Grigio – 100 Calories per 5 fl oz serving
Red Blend – 100 Calories per 5 fl oz serving
Rosé – 100 Calories per 5 fl oz serving
White Blend – 100 Calories per 5 fl oz serving

Vodka | $14.99
Bare Naked – 75.1 calories per 1.5 fl oz
Cucumber – 75.8 calories per 1.5 fl oz
Tangerine – 75.6 calories per 1.5 fl oz

Ready-to-Serve Cocktails | $10.99
Margarita – 37.3 calories per 1.5 fl oz
White Peach Margarita – 37.2 calories per 1.5 fl oz
White Cranberry Cosmo – 34 calories per 1.5 fl oz

A Quick Guide to Bubbly

The different kinds of sparkling wine can get pretty confusing. For a basic understanding of what is dry or sweet, check out our chart below. 

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For Mimosas
Generally, we recommend going with an inexpensive Extra Dry sparkling wine. But, depending on your taste, you can really go with any sparkling wine. If you like sweet, go with Spumante, and if you like dry, go with a Brut or Prosecco.

What is the difference between Champagne and sparkling wine?
The difference is Champagne is made in the Champagne region of France. Other sparkling wine that is, for example, made in California is generally made in the same way, but because of where it was made, is not considered champagne.

What is the difference between Champagne and Prosecco?
The simple answer is Champagne is made in the Champagne region of France and Prosecco is made in the Veneto region of Italy. Prosecco’s bubbles tend to be lighter with a little spritz, while Champagne’s bubbles are sharper.

Wines that Support Breast Cancer Awareness


Sutter Home | Donates to National Breast Cancer Foundation

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Sutter Home for Hope | Two ways you can help.

1. To do our part, Sutter Home will donate $1 to National Breast Cancer Foundation, up to $50,000, for every cork, screw cap, or capsule received by mail or as a texted photo between September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

To send by mail
If you’re using regular mail, please send your Sutter Home corks, capsules, or screw caps to us at:
Inmar Rebate Center
P.O. Box 426022
Del Rio, TX 78842-6022
Be sure to label your envelope with the code: SHFH16

To send by text
You can also take a photo of your Sutter Home cork, screw cap, or capsule and text it to us at 89800.
Or
Text the word “HOPE” to 89800 and upload a photo of your Sutter Home cork, screw cap, or capsule.

2. This year Sutter Home will also donate $1 to National Breast Cancer Foundation, up to $10,000, for every share of one of our Sutter Home for Hope posts on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

Learn more here


Chloe Wine Collection | Donates to The Breast Cancer Charities of America

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Chloe Wine Collection has partnered with BCCA in October. Each purchase of Chloe wine, by the bottle or glass, will go to help support BCCA and women battling breast cancer.

Learn more here


Kinky Cocktails | Donates to The Breast Cancer Charities of America

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Kinky Cocktails is proud to announce their partnership with BCCA in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Available at over 2,500 Walmarts and stores nationwide this fall, each purchase of the Pink cocktails will go to help support BCCA and women battling breast cancer.

Learn more here


Relax Wines | Donates to Save the Ta-Tas Foundation

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, RELAX® Wines is working to beat breast cancer. And you can help! Every time you share #RELAX4TaTas on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest – or when you upload a photo on the RELAX Facebook page – we’ll give $1 toSave the Ta-Tas Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises money for breast cancer research and awareness.

Learn more here


Handcraft Wines | Donates to The Lynn Sage Foundation

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Share a message of love and Handcraft will donate $5 to breast cancer research (and will send you a mail in rebate to save on Handcraft Wines).

Learn more here


Rosé 101

Rosé 101


Don’t be afraid to go pink!
Many people think of rosés and they think of super-sweet pink wine… but what you might not know is that traditionally rosés are dry. As a general guideline most Old World (European) rosé wines will be on the dry side and most New World (everywhere else) rosé wines will be less dry. For example, most rosé wines made in NYS will be on the sweet side.

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10 Random Facts About Wine

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1.“In ancient Greece, a dinner host would take the first sip of wine to assure guests the wine was not poisoned, hence the phrase “drinking to one’s health.” “Toasting” started in ancient Rome when the Romans continued the Greek tradition but started dropping a piece of toasted bread into each wine glass to temper undesirable tastes or excessive acidity.”

2.“Early Roman women were forbidden to drink wine, and a husband who found his wife drinking was at liberty to kill her. Divorce on the same grounds was last recorded in Rome in 194 B.C.” This would certainly not fly today!

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Get your Special Edition Kentucky Derby Wines & Spirits

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The Perfect Gift For Mom

On Mother’s Day we all like to treat our mother’s with their favorite things to show our appreciation and love. When Tim and Eric Bremer are picking out a wine for their mother, Carol, they know two she will definitely enjoy are Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewurztraminer and Gran Passione Rosso.

Stop in to Bremer’s Wine and Liquor and let us help you pick out something your mother will love!

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