Q: How long can you store Champagne?
A: Champagne should be consumed in 3 or less years.
Q: What wine is the best replacement for Champagne?
A: Champagne comes in many styles. If you prefer a drier style, I recommend an un-oaked Chardonnay as most Champagnes are made from Chardonnay. If you prefer a fruitier style, I recommend a Muscat Canelli or Riesling. If you prefer pink, I recommend the Mama Rosa Rose’.
Q: Why don’t we make it here anymore?
A: Messina Hof is not set up for mass production. However we do work with a Sparkling wine house to produce our own sparkling wine. Only a French company can use the term Champagne. All other countries must call it sparkling wine.
Q: Why do they turn bottles of champagne during storage?
A: Riddling is done to allow the yeast to move to the cork end of the bottle. Champagne is turned prior to removal of yeast.