By CATHI AYCOCK

Summertime is the season for bubbly wine.

Prosecco and Champagne, both bubble filled wines, are traditionally thought to be a summer refresher. (Instead of a heavier red wine, which trends more during the cold weather months.) But what exactly is the difference between the two? We share our bubbly knowledge for your favorite summer wine.

Short and sweet, the major difference between the bubbly wines champagne and Prosecco? Champagne is from France and Prosecco is from Italy, but there are some other things to know about both wines –especially if you like the summer favorite bubbly wine.

Champagne is a sparkling wine usually made in  the Champagne region of France around the city of Reims about 80 miles from Paris.  The bubbly is made from a trio of grapes, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes and is produced using a method called the traditional method, which can be costly.

The medley of grapes and the French style of producing the bubbly impacts the price for a bottle. A good entry level Champagne can cost $30 to $40. (If you are mixing your champagne a’la Mimosa’s, most wine snobs agree, a cheaper bottle is fine.)

Chandon Brut Classic Champagne, $24.99, Moon Wine & Spirits, 6910 Moores Lane, Brentwood, 615-472-1772.

 

Prosecco  is a also a sparkling wine made in the Veneto region of Italy.

Unlike Champagne, which needs three grape varietiels, Prosecco uses one grape- the Prosecco (sometimes called Glera) grape. On the technical side, the Italian wine uses a more affordable production method, which makes the price for a good bottle of Prosecco around $15.

Summer bubbly Prosecco, $14.99 at Moon Wine & Spirits, 6910 Moores Lane, Brentwood, 615-472-1772.

Both wines contain about 120-130 calories per glass (versus a glass of the other bubbly libation, beer, which weighs in at anywhere from 140 to 380 calories).

Try both bubblies to see if your palate loves the French version over Italian. And then, raise a glass of your favorite effervescent libation to the advent of summer.