Cards of Wine

Sekt (Germany)

Sekt (Schaumwein) is very popular in Germany.

Annual consumption (5 litres/person) is the highest in the world.

Typical Flavors


Lemon
Lemon
Orange Zest
Orange Zest
Apple
Apple
Peach
Peach

Melon
Melon
Jasmine
Jasmine
Marmelade
Marmelade
Mineral
Minerals

Typical flavors for quality Sekt are Citrus, Apple, Peach, Melon, and Jasmine.

Low quality sekt is difficult to profile.

Profile

Sekt tends to be sweeter than Champagne and Cava:

SUGARDry - Half-dry
BODYLight
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYHigh
Serving temperatures:
6-8°C (43-46°F)

Food Pairing

You can drink sparkling wine to almost everything.

Whether it is French Champagne, Spanish Cava or German Sekt.


Aperitif
Aperitif
Salads
Salads
Tapas
Tapas
Sandwitch
Sandwitch

Crab
Seafood
French Fries
Fries
Egg
Egg Dishes
Pasta
Pasta

Strawberries
Strawberries
Panettone
Cantucci
Panettone
Panettone
Soft Cheese
Soft Cheese

Sekt is often sweeter than Champagne and Cava. If so, it works best as an aperitif, or in pair with sweet food and cheese.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Antipasti. Sandwiches. Focaccia.
Green Salad. Asparagus. Avocado. Artichokes.
Ham and Melon. Prosciutto. Serano.
Egg Dishes. Omelette. Smoked Salmon.
French Fries. Popcorn.
Panettone. Biscuits.
Fruit Salad. Sweet Soufflés.
Figs. Chocolate. Crème Brulée.

Cheese:
Soft and Fresh Cheeses.
Brie. Camembert. Washed-Rind. Robiola.
Feta. Fontina. Creamy Blue.

About Sekt

Sekt is a sparkling wine that is primarily produced in Germany and Austria, where it has the role as an alternative to expensive Champagne and Spanish Cava.

Normally, Sekt is made using the "Charmat" method, like Prosecco, but some producers also use the "Champagne" method to produce high quality Sekt.

The most common grapes are: Riesling (Germany), Gruner Veltliner (Austria), and Blaufrankisch.

Recommended

German Grades

Sekt

Lowest quality.
Sekt made anywhere.
Using any type of grapes.

German Sekt

Low quality.
Sekt made in Germany.
Using any type of grapes.

Sekt A

Medium quality.
Sekt made in Germany.
Using grapes from a named region.

Winzersekt

High quality.
Sekt made with single origin Rieslings.
Aged in the bottle on the yeast,
for minimum 9 months.

Austrian Grades

Sekt

Lowest quality.
Sekt made anywhere.
Using any type of grapes.

Austrian Sekt

Low quality.
Sekt made in Austria.
Using any type of grapes.

Klassic

Good quality.
Sekt made in Austria.
Using grapes from a major region.
Aged in the bottle on the yeast,
for minimum 9 months.

Reserve

High quality.
Sekt made with the "Champagne" method.
Aged in the bottle on the yeast,
for minimum 18 months.

Sugar Levels

Regulation
EC 607/2009
Sugar
gram/litre
Calories
/glass
Brut Nature (Brut Zero)0-33
Extra Brut 0-6 5
Brut 0-12 7
Extra Dry (Extra Sec, Extra Seco) 12-17 10
Dry (Sec, Seco) 17-32 20
Demi (Semi) 32-50 30
Doux (Sweet, Dulce) 50+ 30+