One huge lover of sparkling wines, who also happened to be an engineer, has counted 49 million bubbles in a bottle of quality sparkling wine. Surely, you shouldn’t start counting them, for there is another – visual – method of evaluating sparkling wines.
There is a term called perlage. Winemakers use this word to describe the pattern and intensity of effervescence in sparkling wines. If the wine is ‘right’, you will see the streams of ‘fine pearl strands’ unceasingly rising from the bottom of the glass. On the other hand, if a sparkling wine you just poured into the glass ‘bursts’ with a disarray of large bubbles ‘shooting’ chaotically to the surface and immediately rising into the air, and right before your eyes in a matter of seconds the wine turns from sparkling to still, it probably wasn’t your best choice of a sparkling wine.