By Kori ~ November 16th, 2010.
Note: This â€œWine Word of the Weekâ€ series, which previously ran on Saturdays, will now be running on Tuesdays starting today.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is Charmat.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Charmat is the name of a bulk sparkling winemaking process which involves provoking a second fermentation in a pressure tank. Also called cuve close or tank method.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
Charmat is a method of sparkling wine production in which the second alcoholic fermentation takes place in a pressurized tank rather than in the bottle. This method is often used for producing German Sekt and Italian sparkling wines such as Asti and Prosecco.
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