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Pronounced: spoo-mahn-tay

History: An Italian term implying a fully sparkling wine

Description: Italian term for sparkling wine, in contrast to the term frizzante which refers to those wines that are slightly sparkling. A variety of spumante wines are produced in Italy. Spumante is made in red, white, and rosé styles and can range from quite dry to very sweet. Italy’s sparkling wines are made using either the charmat method (sealed tank fermentation) or the method champenoise (bottle fermentation).

Taste/Aromas: Fruity in flavour and slightly sweet

Food: Hors d’oeuvres, fresh fruit and nuts. An ideal apperitiff