It’s time to celebrate the U.S. and Canadian premiere of A Discovery of Witches! And so we bring you Episode 8 Wine Note: Sparkling wine!

We can FINALLY watch the U.S. and Canadian premiere of A Discovery of Witches — dear goddess the time has passed slowly! — and so we picked sparkling wine as this podcast episode’s wine note. (Wait! You haven’t listened to the podcast? Hmm, here’s the link so you can fix that ASAP.)

In each podcast episode, we bring you a note about wine because wine is a main form of sustenance for vampires when they’re not drinking, you know, blood. It also happens that Deborah Harkness, Renaissance woman that she is, is an award-winning wine blogger and wine enthusiast. If you’ve never read Deborah’s wine blog, “Good Wine Under $20,” you should have a look. While she doesn’t write it now, it is a reminder that apparently there’s nothing this woman can’t do.

We have two more reasons we like to include a wine note in each episode. We really like wine; we like it a lot. We also happen to have our own personal sommelier, Bayard. This man knows his wine and he loves sharing his knowledge and making wine accessible to everyone. Bayard is a founding partner at Crafted Brands and we love learning from him. So, without further ado, here’s Bayard…

All right, everybody, this week we are talking about sparkling wine. Not to be confused with Champagne that only comes from the Champagne region of France, sparkling wine comes from the United States. If you made a sparkling wine on or before March of 2006, you’re set; you can call it champagne. Everybody else that came thereafter has to call it sparkling wine. They’re still made from the same grapes like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc and the like, but they have to call it sparkling wine. It is just as good and it is also made in the same fashion.

So brute, meaning dry, extra dry, sec and demi sec are sweet and the last thing that I would say is don’t overlook sparkling wines from other areas of the United States other than California. You will find some phenomenal sparkling wines coming out of Michigan from producers like Blackstar Farms, Bowers Harbor, Big Little Tire Swing, and all of these, you really don’t want to miss.

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