Is Champagne Sweet or Dry to Taste?

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Champagne may be made in both sweet and dry formats, with varying degrees of each depending on the individual bottle style. Looking for dry? Scout for bottles that say "brut" or "extra brut." Sweeter styles give themselves away with label designates of "sec" and "demi-sec."

Is Champagne Served Warm or Cold?

Champagne (and all sparkling wines) should be served well-chilled, in the 40-50 °F range. The flavors will be brighter, the bubbles better, and there's much less chance of launching the cork in a well-chilled bottle of bubbly Learn more about Champagne and Sparkling Wine here.