About “Wine Wisdom”

Interested in learning more about wine production? We’re launching a new series titled “Wine Wisdom”, in which one of our resident wine experts, Chris Coon, will be guiding us as we explore various types of wine and how they’re produced. We’re starting off with sparkling wine, which goes through a highly technical process to create those bubbles we know and love. There are four common methods of producing sparkling wine, which we’ll go over in the next few blog posts.

Charmat Method (a.k.a The Tank Method)

The Charmat Method was invented by Italian Frederico Martinotti in 1895 and was further developed by inventor Eugene Charmat in 1907. It is known by other names such as: Metodo Italiano (Italian Method), Cuve Close and the Tank Method. This is a less expensive process than the Traditional Method of sparkling production and captures the fruit aroma of the grapes better. Classic styles of wine that use this method of production are: Prosecco, Asti, Brachetto d’Acqui, German Sekt and many value sparkling wines.

Try it for yourself!

Interested in trying some of the wines made in the traditional method for yourself? Check out these delicious options from the Young’s portfolio!

Villa Sandi, ‘La Rivetta’, Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze DOCG, Italy 2016

Fontanafredda, ‘Galarej’, Millesimato, Asti DOCG 2015

Bisol Crede, Prosecco Superiore di Valdobiaddene DOCG, Italy 2017

Le Grand Courtage, ‘Grande Cuvee’ Blanc de Blancs Brut, France NV

Christopher Coon is an Advanced Sommelier (certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers), a Certified Specialist of Wine (certified by the Society of Wine Educators) and a French Wine Scholar (certified by the Wine Scholar Guild). Currently, he is the Senior Director, Wine Training and Education at Young’s Market Company for California, where he creates and teaches programs to onboard new sales associates. He also supports and mentors sales associates seeking the Society of Wine Educators (SWE) credentials of Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS). Chris is also the Examinations Officer for Young’s in the administration of all Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) classes and examinations. A New England native, some of Chris’ fondest memories about his family all take place around a noisy restaurant dinner table covered with food and wine. He has a deep respect for food and wine because of their ability to bring people together. Chris loves teaching and talking to people about wine, traveling to wine producing regions, and time with his family.