No Pain, No Champagne

For me, living a healthy balanced lifestyle means taking care of my body while still indulging in my favorite food and drink which include, any and every cheese under the sun and bubbly. Nutritionists and health experts would argue that alcoholic beverages are empty calories. However, sparkling wines like prosecco and champagne are considered to be a low-calorie beverage compared to most alcoholic drinks. Don’ be fooled though! Some champagnes and sparkling wines contain more sugar than others. Champagnes are classified by their sugar count. If you are looking to cut calories out, make sure to familiarize yourself with the different kinds of bubbly.

*Side note: For a wine to be actually considered a “Champagne” it must be a product of the Champagne region of France. It is made by using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes. Proseccos’s and Cava’s may have a similar appearance as Champagne but production and taste are distinct. ALL are good in my book though!

Ultra Brut / Brut Nature / Extra Brut / Brut Zero: The driest sparkling wines — No dosage, No added sugar. (0-6 grams per liter residual sugar)

Brut: Dry with no perception of sweetness. This is the most common style of sparkling wine you’ll find sold in liquor stores. (Contains no more than 12 grams/liter residual sugar)

Extra Dry/Extra Sec: Off dry — tastes slightly sweet. (contains 12-17 grams/liter residual sugar)

Sec: Meaning ‘dry’ — Noticeably sweet. (contains 17-32 grams/liter residual sugar)

Demi-Sec: Sweet. (32-50 grams/liter residual sugar)

Doux: Sweetest. (contains 50+ grams/liter residual sugar)

My three favorite “go-to” bubbly?

 

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Mionetto Prosecco

Sparkling wines have become increasingly popular in the last few years and Mionetto is a very common yet delicious one to try. Served in most restaurants and bars, it can also be found on sale at any beverage depot like Binny’s for $9.99. That’s a steal for any bottle of bubbly!

Freixenet Sparkling Cordon Negro Brut Cava 

I have to admit, I had no idea what Cava was until I was introduced by my boyfriends family during a morning brunch in Miami a few years back.  I was pleasantly surprised with each sip and has sparked my love for Spanish bubbly ever since! Freixenet is a perfect Cava to be paired with morning lox and bagels or alone on a warm summer evening.
 
Veuve Clicquot
The only bottle of bubbly you will ever need in your life! This luxury Champagne has been around since 1772 and has a unique history. Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin was left to control the business in 1805 when her husband passed away. She became the first woman to take over a Champagne house. Her hard work and dedication to this business are the reason why we are still clinking glasses today! Her portrait can be found on top of every Veuve muselet.  For more information and history on this badass lady check out, The Widow Clicquot by Tilar J. Mazzero.
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