A Diet Soda Fan Asks The Question: Sparkling Water – Is There A Difference?
When I think of sparkling water, I think of carbonated water. I don’t drink sparkling water, so to me I lumped them all in the same category. The only difference in taste would be if a flavor was added, such as lime, raspberry, grapefruit, etc. I know last summer I gave up diet sodas for the very refreshing taste of LaCroix lime flavored canned sparkling water. It was lovely, but after a few weeks of drinking it, I became bored, and started stacking my shopping cart with Coke Zero, a change from my regular diet Coke.
My interest in sparkling water piqued for an instant again, when some months later I invited a friend over for dinner. I remember the last time we got together he had a favorite wine. I couldn’t remember what he liked, so I asked, “What would you like to drink?” My friend took me by surprise. “San Pellegrino sparkling water is all I drink now!” For some reason that sounded pretentious to me, yet if he had given me the name of a wine, I would have never blinked. Somehow the name alone, San Pellegrino, had an air of sophistication to my naïve taste buds.
“Yes, I’ve given up the grape!” He chuckled.
I shared this story with another friend and again, was taken by surprise. “I love sparkling waters and try different types, usually what I find on sale when I shop. But if I am going with a theme for dinner, say Italian, I serve San Pellegrino. With French, it’s Perrier.”
Who knew? And why was I not invited to dinner?
Suddenly sparkling water had my full attention! What had I been missing? I did what I always do at night, and Googled the subject. I’ve done my research and here are the results. I have yet to taste these, but have checked them out online.
The classic waters are Pellegrino and Mountain Valley.
San Pellegrino has tiny bubbles with a hint of mineral. The taste does not linger, so it is easier to drink more of it. This water goes well with cheeses, meats, and fish.
Mountain Valley has some bubbles and a little bit of mineral. It is a good bottle of water to have for a bit of fizz.
The bold waters are Gerolsteiner (from Germany), Topo Chico (from Mexico) and Perrier (from France).
Gerolsteiner is sharp, metallic and bubbly. It is assertive and you can taste the minerals in it.
Topo Chico is crisp and clean with nice bubbles and a good balance of minerals.
Perrier has no mineral taste and big bubbles that disappear quickly. It also comes in flavors, lemon, lime, pink grapefruit and others.
Tomorrow I head to the store to buy a sampling of waters for this Friday night’s event at The Little Shop Of Arts And Antiques. We start our new summer hours and will be open on Friday evenings with special events planned to compliment the Lilburn Farmer’s market, which runs Friday nights beginning June 3rd through August 26th, from 4 to 8 PM across from City Hall on Main Street.
This Friday stop by the shop from 6 to 9 PM, on your way to or from the Farmer’s market, for our sparkling water tasting, music by Bruce Hedrick, and a sneak peek at Richard Ferris’ photography exhibit, which has its official reception Saturday from 1 to 4 PM. Visit us at 94 Main Street NW, in historic Old Town, Lilburn. If you arrive early, be sure to check out the other merchants on the street who are open until 5 PM.