Why do people say sparkling wine tastes like lemons, green apples and plums? Are those fruits in there?
There s nothing in a bottle of good sparkling wine but grapes, such as chardonnay, pinot noir or Prosecco depending on where it s made. The magical thing is that as juice from those grapes is transformed into wine, it undergoes many chemical changes that give the wine unique aromas and flavors that remind us of other fruits. A wine made from chardonnay grapes may end up reminding us of lemon or green apples; pinot noir often smells and tastes like raspberries and plums. Prosecco can be crisp like apples or even smell of honeysuckle. If desirable oxidation or long aging occurs, the wine might remind us of toast or a croissant.