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Sparkling Pink

Rosé sparkling wines are produced in two different manners: by saignée, meaning that a certain amount of juice is "bled" out of white must made from red grapes with white pulp, resulting in a light pink coloration, or by adding red wine to white sparkling wine. Often made in part or in whole from pinot noir, they can also be produced using gamay, grenache, trepat (in rosé cavas) and many other varieties. 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.