Wine Word of the Week: Frizzante

By Kori ~ February 6th, 2010.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is frizzante.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Frizzante is an Italian wine term for semi-sparkling wine (as opposed to spumante, which is used for fully sparkling wines). Frizzante wines generally owe their bubbles to a partial second fermentation in tank, a sort of interrupted Charmat process sparkling wine.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
Frizzante is a semi-sparkling wine. The term originated in Italy but can be found on some semi-sparkling wines in the United States as well.

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