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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.

Sparkling Sekt

In Germany and Austria Sparkling wines are called 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.

German Quality Grades

German Sekt Lowest quality
Sekt using German grapes
Sekt A Medium quality
Sekt using grapes from one of 13 named regions
Winzersekt High quality
Made with the "Champagne" method
Sekt made with single origin Riesling
Aged in the bottle on the yeast for minimum 9 months

The most common grape is Riesling.

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+

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