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A Visual 9 Step Process: How Champagne is Made

Have you ever wondered how Champagne was made? Here is a quick and easy reference guide that walks you through the process visually in 9 easy steps. Learn how grapes make their way from vineyard to bottle—through pressing, fermentation, blending, ageing, riddling, disgorgement and dosage, all while learning about the grapes, soils and regions from the Champagne region of France. Consider this a crash course that will make you a savvy, informed Champagne aficionado in a matter of minutes.

How Champagne is Made

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Of note, a special thanks goes out to Caroline Henry and Bryan Maletis for their Champagne expertise which guided this post to fruition.

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Editor and co-founder of Enobytes.com, Pamela is a former restaurant manager, wine buyer, and sommelier with WSET, CMS & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.

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14 Responses to “A Visual 9 Step Process: How Champagne is Made”

  1. Kelly says:

    I love the graphic!

  2. Beth says:

    I am in my WSET Level 2 course now and this is much better than the study guide! Cheers!

  3. Shonan K. says:

    So cool! I think you should turn this into a 2 or 3 part series.

  4. Seth C. says:

    You have a real talent for putting your thoughts into clear, original content. This infographic is easy to read and understand. Salute!

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