German Sparkling Wine

Sekt is in essence German sparkling wine. Where did the name sekt come from? France became sole owner of the term 'Champagne' at the Treaty of Versailles, and from that day forward all German sparkling wines have been called sekt. Sekt usually contains less alcohol than its French cousin.
Sekt Riedel wine glass
Sekt that meets the requirements can be labelled with a quality term - Qualitätsschaumweine. These wines are tested for ripeness, for other chemical standards and then tasted in a blind taste test. If it gains the 5 points necessary, it can be labelled a Qualitätsschaumweine.

Like other sparkling wines, sekt can be found in a range of sweetnesses from rather sweet to rather dry. It should be served at 45F - cool but not quite fridge temperature. It is best served from a tall, thin flute, to preserve the bubbles and crisp flavors.

Sekt goes best with light dishes - shortbread, scallops, and of course on its own as a celebration. For more pairings and information about sparkling wines, visit our Champagne Pages.

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