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Where:  While most sparkling wine from the United States comes from California, many other states--both on the West and the East Coast--produce it as well:  Oregon, Washington, New York, Virginia, New Mexico, et al.  Due to this diversity, these wines are grown in a variety of  climates.  Most though are located in places that are relatively cool.  As a result, itís not unusual to find such wineries near the coast and/or at high altitudes.  

Grapes:  There arenít any regulations regarding what grape varieties can be used in the production of domestic sparkling wines.  That said, most are modeled on the wines of Champagne and, therefore, use the same varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier.

Taste:  Itís difficult to generalize the taste of all sparkling wines from the United States given they are produced in many different wine regions.  On a whole, although modeled on the wines from Champagne, France, most of the wines are grown in a warmer, sunnier climate than Champagne.  As a result, the wines tend to have many of the same flavors as Champagne such as yeast, pear, and apple, but also exhibit riper flavors like lemon, grapefruit, and pineapple.

Food Pairing:  The ideal food pairing varies wine to wine, but a typical sparkling wine from the United States, which has a somewhat fuller body than sparkling wines from Europe, will go well with fried appetizers such as calamari or dumplings and Chinese and Thai cuisine.  

Ageability:  Most wines are meant for immediate consumption.  However, a few producers make sparkling wines intended for aging, sometimes even for over a decade depending on the vintage.

Method of Production:  Sparkling wine production methods vary from producer to producer.  Many of the wines are made by Method Champenoise, the traditional method used to make Champagne and Cava where the wines undergo secondary fermentation in the bottle.  Others are made using the less expensive Charmat method where the wine is put into a tank where secondary fermentation takes place.  The cheapest wines though are made by injecting carbon dioxide into the wine, similar to the production of soda.
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