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Margaret Swaine’s Spirits Review – January 2015


Burns Suppers & Fine Whiskies by Margaret Swaine January 25 is Robert Burns’ 256th “birthday”, as great an excuse as any to pop open a fine whisky and spout poetry. Here are some suggestions on what to drink and how to celebrate. Burns Suppers have been a long time tradition in Scotland and beyond for over 200 […] More

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Sparkling

Sparkling wine is a wine with significant levels of carbon dioxide in it making it fizzy. The classic example of a sparkling wine is Champagne, but many other examples are produced in other countries and regions, such as Cava in Spain, Asti in Italy (the generic Italian term for sparkling wine being Spumante) and Cap Classique in South Africa. In some parts of the world, the word "champagne" is used as a synonym for sparkling wine, although laws in Europe and other countries reserve the word champagne for a specific type from the Champagne region of France.