Bubblypedia

Cap Classique

Cap Classique comes from South Africa and is sparkling wine produced the same way as Champagne. Cap Classique is made from the grapes chardonnay, pinot noir, pinot meunier, chenin blanc and shiraz.

Cava

Cava comes from Spain and is a sparkling wine produced the same way as Champagne. Cava is made from the grapes xarel-lo, macabeo, parellada, and occasionally chardonnay.

Champagne

Champagne comes from the region (named Champagne) in northeastern France that uses the méthode champenoise for carbonation. Champagne is made from any or all of three grapes pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay.

Chardonnay

A white grape that makes a crisp, elegant base for a bubbly. Loved by winemakers as it’s easy to grow and is adaptable to a number of winemaking techniques.

Charmat method

Also known as the tank method, where second fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks.

Chenin Blanc

A white grape that is versatile and high in acidity. Native to France’s Loire Valley, South Africa is chenin blancs second home where it is the most widely planted grape in the country.

Cork

Bottle closure that provides a tight seal to retain the sparkle inside.

Crémant

Crémant comes from France and is sparkling wine produced the same way as Champagne but in the Loire Valley, Burgundy, Alsace, Limoux, and the Jura region. Crémant is made from local grapes of the areas its produced.

Crown Cap

Also known as a metal capsule. Used to seal a bottle during second fermentation and lees ageing. Did you know it is illegal to sell Champagne with a crown cap?

Cultivar

The name given to a grape variety which has been selected for its desirable characteristics.