Champagne and Sparkling Wines
True champagne, grown in Champagne, France, is a blend of a variety of wines that growers infuse with sugar and yeast to create the bubbly alcohol. Sparkling wines are grown throughout the world and have a fresh and penetrating taste representative of the region where they are grown. Whether buying red or white wines or concentrating on a specific brand, there are plenty of choices for you to consider when shopping.Red Wines
A red grape has more tannin, or compounds present in the skins, that give them their familiar rich colour and a more bitter taste. You may decide to buy red wines based on the grape varieties. Merlots may taste like plums and strawberries, shiraz wines have a deep colour and spicy flavour, and cabernet sauvignons have a subtle taste due to being aged for longer periods. Sometimes, buying a red wine is as simple as choosing one that someone else recommends or a specific wine with the perfect balance of sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.White Wines
White wine growers combine winemaking techniques with a reduction in the amount of tannin present in the grapes. These wines have a lighter texture in the mouth and may taste fresher as they are processed quicker than red wines. Moscato has a musky aroma and grapefruity taste, whereas chardonnays have a smooth taste and a citrus flavour. You can choose other types of white wine, such as riesling and sauvignon blanc.Regions
Wines grown in different regions of Australia affect how wine tastes based on soil, topography, and climate differences. Grapes grown in the cooler climate of southern Australia, such as Adelaide Hills, Langhorne Creek, and McLaren Vale, have a different taste than ones grown in Yarra Valley, a Victoria wine region, that have a subtle taste to complement a variety of foods. For instance, you may want to pair Adelaide Hills champagne and sparkling wines with creamy cheeses, or you could even go the dessert route with some chocolates. On the other hand, depending on the Malborough champagne and sparkling wine you choose, fruit and other sweet desserts could make for a delicious pairing.Brands
Compare wines for their vibrancy, notable flavours, and how well they pair with food. Turning to well-known ones like Veuve-Clicquot and Grant-Burge may be an easy way to start exploring what you like.