How Sparkling Wine is Made
Sparkling wines are an amazing product of fermentation. They must be made with utmost care not only for the sake of the wine but also for the well being of the wine maker.
Taking a still wine in the bottle and then adding sugar, then yeast, and then capping can lead to some significant pressures building up in those glass bottles. Pressurized glass is a recipe for danger if you don’t have the hang of how sparkling winemaking is done.
This podcast episode will show you how sparkling wines are made and we’ll also discuss how to stay safe should you decide to give it a try.
- I was supposed to have racked already. Should I wait until fermentation is over?
- My watermelon wines smell like rotting watermelon fields. What’s going on?
- Should I not have degassed my right before bottling?
Resources & Products Mentioned
- Wikipedia Article on Sparkling Wine Production
- Montrachet Yeast
- Champagne Bottles (by the case)
- Sparkling Wine Corks
- Plastic Sparkling Wine Stoppers
- Winemaker’s Answer Book by Alison Crowe