For me, living a healthy balanced lifestyle means taking care of my body while still indulging in my favorite food and drink which include, any and every cheese under the sun and bubbly. Nutritionists and health experts would argue that alcoholic beverages are empty calories. However, sparkling wines like prosecco and champagne are considered to be a low-calorie beverage compared to most alcoholic drinks. Don’ be fooled though! Some champagnes and sparkling wines contain more sugar than others. Champagnes are classified by their sugar count. If you are looking to cut calories out, make sure to familiarize yourself with the different kinds of bubbly.
*Side note: For a wine to be actually considered a “Champagne” it must be a product of the Champagne region of France. It is made by using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes. Proseccos’s and Cava’s may have a similar appearance as Champagne but production and taste are distinct. ALL are good in my book though!
Ultra Brut / Brut Nature / Extra Brut / Brut Zero: The driest sparkling wines — No dosage, No added sugar. (0-6 grams per liter residual sugar)
Brut: Dry with no perception of sweetness. This is the most common style of sparkling wine you’ll find sold in liquor stores. (Contains no more than 12 grams/liter residual sugar)
Extra Dry/Extra Sec: Off dry — tastes slightly sweet. (contains 12-17 grams/liter residual sugar)
Sec: Meaning ‘dry’ — Noticeably sweet. (contains 17-32 grams/liter residual sugar)
Demi-Sec: Sweet. (32-50 grams/liter residual sugar)
Doux: Sweetest. (contains 50+ grams/liter residual sugar)
My three favorite “go-to” bubbly?
Sparkling wines have become increasingly popular in the last few years and Mionetto is a very common yet delicious one to try. Served in most restaurants and bars, it can also be found on sale at any beverage depot like Binny’s for $9.99. That’s a steal for any bottle of bubbly!