bottles of champagne
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If you're hosting a holiday party or raising a glass to your favorite newlyweds, you might as well learn a little bit about what you're sipping on. Whatever your excuse to drink bubbly may be, our champagne guide breaks down each type by sweetness level.

Brut: By definition, this type's residual sugar range contains anywhere from 0-12 grams/liter. It has very little or no sweetness in taste and contains two sub-classifications:

  • Brut Nature: Sometimes labeled as sauvageor zero-dosage,it contains the least amount of residual sugar (0-3 grams/liter) giving it an extremely dry taste.
  • Extra Brut: Contains 0-6 grams/liter of residual sugar with no sweetness detected.

Extra Sec: Also called extra dry, it's slightly sweeter than a brut with 12-17 grams/liter of residual sugar.

Sec: This type, sometimes labeled as dry, contains 17-32 grams/liter of residual sugar. It has a noticeable trace of sweetness in taste.

Demi-Sec: With a dosage of 32-50 grams/liter of residual sugar, this type is moderately sweet and is also referred to as medium dry.

Doux: The sweetest on this list, this type contains more than 50 grams/liter of residual sugar.

In terms of pairings, champagne generally goes well with light meals and appetizers like cheeses and seafood. But everyone has their own taste preferences, so don't be afraid to experiment with different foods or mix up a new cocktail. If you need more suggestions besides this champagne guide, we've got you covered:

Cheers!