Just in time for the holidays, we have put together a detailed guide to the most popular types of sparkling wine, the different glasses to serve them in, the levels of dryness they come in and the most appropriate times to gift them. From Prosecco to Sekt, to a chilled glass of rosé bubbles, we hope this guide will help you to understand the differences in these bottles of bubbly.

Below you’ll find some quick facts on sparkling wine, where it’s made, the sugar or sweetness levels, food pairings and tips for serving your celebration bubbles. Click on each title after the infographic, to take you to a more in-depth look at each topic.

Infographic: A Visual Guide to Sparkling Wine

Sparkling Wine Infographic. Image Source: ftd.com


Part 1: Sparkling Wine Types

Sparkling Wine: Champagne

Basically, all you need to know is that because Champagne is so versatile, it goes great with just about anything from breakfast dishes to fried foods. It has small bubbles that produce a fruity, but not always sweet taste on your buds; it’s great for all of life’s celebrations.

Sparkling Wine: Prosecco

Prosecco is made from Glera grapes and tends to be on the fruitier side when it comes to taste. This particular sparking wine is made using the tank method, causing it to have larger bubbles and making it a popular addition to cocktails.

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Part 2: The Dryness Scale for Sparkling Wine

Extra Brut (0-6 g/L RS)

Brut (0-12 g/L RS)

Extra Dry (12-17 g/L RS)

Demi-Sec (32-50 g/L RS)

*RS = Residual Sugar


Part 3: Stemware for Sparkling Wine

Flute: The flute is the most popular type of glass for sparkling wine.

Tulip: The tulip-shaped wine glass is similar to the flute with a long stem, but has a more narrow top and wider bow.

Stemless: This a more unique style of champagne glass that has no stem at all.

Coup: The coup is a more traditional style of a wine glass.


Part 4: Sparkling Wine Gift Guide

Sparkling wines are the best for any type of occasion. Not only are they a crowd pleaser when it’s time to pop the cork, but they taste just as good on their own as they do with food. Not to mention they work well in a variety of cocktails. They’re a popular gift to give when attending a celebration.


Click on the above titles to read each part of this 4 part series on sparkling wine!