Champagne, Sweet Or Dry?

two champagne glasses being clinker on a beach at sunset

One of the things we expats have to learn is that tastes here differ.

Sweets For The Sweet

Here comes New Year’s Eve and there I go to the store to buy a bottle of champagne to toast the new year with.

Except, this year, it’s going to be different.

There will be no dry champagne to pop open at midnight. Why? Because no one in the family except me actually likes it.

Filipinos like their wine sweet. You could argue that their tastes aren’t very well developed but what’s the point? They like what they like and my family likes sweets.

A Bottle Of What?

A bottle of sparkling Asti wineWe bought a bottle of Cinzano Asti and that went well with Noche Buena. We had ham with sweet sauce, potato salad, chicken salad, Bistek and fried chicken.

That confused me because it really wasn’t “sweet”.

We also bought another sparkling wine that said it was “seco” (sweet) but it didn’t go with the food at all. I immediately thought that it was a huge mistake buying something seco.

The family seemed to like the Asti but not the other “seco” sparkling wine.

So, I’m scratching my head over my wife’s choice of a rosè Moscato for New Year’s, which is sweet. I got a bottle of what is claimed to be a dry Riesling. Many Rieslings go great with all kinds of food like Thai and Chinese , so I’m hoping that this one will be a winner for me.

But it’s drier than most. It’s a little confusing.

No Pop!

A champagne cork about to pop from a bottle

So I guess there will be no “pop” this New Year’s Eve which kind of depresses me.

Bubbly wine is traditional the world over but what can you do?

People like what they like and I guess no one here likes champagne.


Champagne cork pushing photo by rightee on / CC BY

4 Responses to Champagne, Sweet Or Dry?

  1. Kathy December 30, 2017 at 5:29 AM #

    Happy New Years, you two, may your life together be sweeter than the sweet wine!

    • JD December 31, 2017 at 12:53 PM #

      Thanks, Kath! Happy New Year to you, too!

  2. Barbmcara McCormick December 31, 2017 at 1:45 AM #

    I thought sec meant dry ? I like a Riesling, a vine ripened grape is much sweeter. Other than that I know zip about wine. I don’t like Italian wines, too dry.

    • JD December 31, 2017 at 12:55 PM #

      From Ken’s Wine Guide (online)

      This French word literally means “dry” which in the wine world means “not sweet.” When used to describe still (non-sparkling) wines, sec indicates that the wine has little if any residual sugar left after fermentation. In sparkling wines like Champagne, however, the word takes on quite another meaning: Sec indicates a relatively sweet wine, whereas demi-sec is even sweeter. Drier sparkling wines are referred to as Brut and the very driest as Extra Brut or Brut Nature.

      I guess I’ll know what wine chaos I have wrought in eleven hours.