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Jun 8, 2011 08:16 AM

Do you have a preferred brand of naturally carbonated sparkling water?

As far as I know, the following brands are naturally carbonated:

- Apollinaris

- Badoit

- Gerolsteiner

- Wattwiller

- Ferrarelle

- Borsec

Are there others?

Do you have a preference?

I really like Badoit and Borsec, but haven't tried enough of the others to say definitively of any preference.

(Note, I don't consider Perrier "naturally carbonated" anymore, given the new production method extracting carbonation and water separately and then combining the two.)

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  1. I'm very curious to see if people have a preference and why. I'm an inveterate Pellegrino drinker, despite its being... un-naturally carbonated, I guess? ;) But I love sparkling water generally and I'm interested to know if I've been missing out on something really wonderful.

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    1. re: LauraGrace

      Same here with San P., though I generally choose the Whole Foods version for home consumption (a rarity). Interesting thread. I never thought of whether San P. was *naturally* carbonated before.

      1. re: Jay F

        I do really like the WF brand of sparkling mineral water. Wish I had a third tap in my kitchen that piped that stuff!

      2. re: LauraGrace

        To me, it's like using a salt mill - there's no explicable difference between pre-ground salt and chunks of "sea salt" but it seems to be a "purer" act when the middleman is eliminated (never mind that the larger granules need to be "ground" to get them to a uniform size in the first place).

        Adding CO2 to water after the fact has never appeared un-natural to me. My father, born in Eastern Europe and living there half his life considered a soda syphon to be the standard for making sparkling water. I think we tend to blow it out of proportion.

      3. Are you including mineral waters?

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        1. re: Quine

          Only if they are naturally carbonated from the mineral springs.

        2. Missus and I have been enjoying Topo Chico, which is a Mexican soda water. I believe it's naturally carbonated, but won't promise it is.

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          1. re: gilintx

            I don't believe Topo Chico is naturally carbonated.

          2. I like Perrier anyhow but San Pellegrino would be my choice.
            Badoit is too soapy.

            1. In the States, use SP or the W(T)F equivalent, always glass not plastic as the plastic loses it's fizz very quickly. In France drink Chateldun, if you try it once, it is hard to go back. Expensive tho'

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              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                San Pellegrino and WF are not naturally carbonated.

                1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                  funny thing both mr. alka and i noticed just last week: after lunchtime, i'd bought a plastic bottle of SP at a 7-11. we drank it over the next ½ hour. then, after it was emptied, i refilled it part way from a water fountain. when i drank some, i noticed that it had some spritz, and thought to myself that it was odd, and…had i imagined it? then, without me having said anything, my husband drank some, and remarked, "hey, this has some fizz!"

                  did the Co2 permeate into the plastic, which fizz then became introduced to the still water? it was a neat phenomenon.

                  ps. i'm all in with the idea of having a mineral water tap in the kitchen. entrepenueurs out there….help us poor sods.