Europe has been making fizz for 500 years since the monks in a small village in Languedoc, France accidentally produced it. The resulting sparkling wine soon rose to cult status and very quickly became popular all over Europe. Although Champagne is the most famous of the wine districts, it wasn’t the first and other iconic wine districts are sometimes overlooked. Here are 2 excellent examples of artisan produced sparkling wines from superb wine districts. In blind tastings, both came up trumps against countless bottles of Champagne worth double the money. The first is our Jaillance, a superb cuvee from the iconic Loire Valley. It is a superb aperitif style showcasing classic green apples, pear and brioche notes. Long palate and super fine creamy bead. The second bottle is a very classy high end Prosecco DOCG that is made very dry however showing just a trace of sweet pear. It is very fine and persistent bead and has a beautiful creamy palate of citrus and pear with a trace of yeast. Both these are just gorgeous Euro fizz from the continent that invented it!