Valentine’s Day– too sweet or not too sweet?

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Along with Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, it is one of the biggest wine and champagne holidays of the year. Wine and Valentine’s Day just go together.

Buying bubbles for your sweetie can be a daunting and sometimes confusing task. Here are a few tips for choosing what’s best for you:

If you want a dry, crisp sparkling wine that is not too sweet, buy a BRUT.

If you want a just a bit more sweetness, pick up an EXTRA DRY.

This can be confusing because when it come to still wines “extra dry” means less sweet, yet it’s the opposite when we are discussing sparkling wine.

BRUT is also a very good choice for mimosas since the juice that it is being mixed with will have sugars in it so using a drier sparkler will give your drink more balance.

EXTRA DRY is a good sipper and pairs quite nicely with spicy foods so if dinner on February 14 calls for a lot of heat, perhaps go with a bit more sweet.

Another fun pairing with bubbles is french fries! Truffle fries and a nice brut sparkler are a great match. The acidity of the wine works perfectly with the salt of the fries. Try potato chips or popcorn as well! It is a fun way to be fancy and funky at the same time.

These designations apply for champagne, sparkling wines, cavas, and proseccos.

So remember:

BRUT means dry

EXTRA DRY means sweet

Happy Valentine’s Day from Winerabble!

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About the Author: Matt Talbot

Matt Talbot likes wine. Some varietals he prefers more than others. He enjoys learning about wine. But what he likes most about wine is the journey. The act of going tasting, exploring new areas of the country, discovering new wineries and wine makers, visiting towns off the beaten path- these are the things he enjoys the most about wine. Traveling and drinking, like peanut butter and jelly, go together seamlessly like wine and chocolate.


  1. Erin @ Platings and Pairings 2016-02-01 at 11:41 am - Reply

    This is a good reminder on something that CAN be a bit confusing! I love that you can find bubbles at several of our local wineries!

    • Matt Talbot 2016-02-02 at 9:36 am - Reply

      The Kramer in the photo at the top of the post is a personal local favorite.

  2. Erin 2016-02-01 at 11:42 am - Reply

    This is so helpful! Why did they make it so confusing by calling sweet sparkling wine Extra Dry?! Eesh. But glad you are here to help make sense of it!

    • Matt Talbot 2016-02-02 at 9:35 am - Reply

      Thank you-glad to be of service! There are more designations but I felt these were the two that most people knew about.

  3. Kelley 2016-02-01 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    I don’t think I ever knew that! Thank you–extra dry sounds too sweet for me.

    • Matt Talbot 2016-02-02 at 9:40 am - Reply

      Happy to have helped. If you like Riesling then try a sparkling Riesling. It will be sweet but still have good acidity-won’t be sweet like a moscato

  4. Catherine 2016-02-01 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    I did NOT know that! Thanks for the tip. I usually just ask the wine person at the grocery store, but now I can do a little more bubbly shopping on my own.

    • Matt Talbot 2016-02-02 at 9:30 am - Reply

      Glad to help and make your shopping process easier.

  5. Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta 2016-02-01 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Good to know, I’ll have to check out the Extra Dry, I am definitely Team Sweet!

    • Matt Talbot 2016-02-02 at 9:29 am - Reply

      I have friends who use extra dry with grapefruit juice. Not my thing but it may work for you.

  6. Melissa 2016-02-01 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Matt Talbot 2016-02-02 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Thanks, you as well.

  7. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife 2016-02-01 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    I love a good Brut. Sweetness and I, when it comes to bubbles, anyway, do not generally get along. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Matt Talbot 2016-02-02 at 9:27 am - Reply


  8. Jen 2016-02-02 at 6:19 am - Reply

    I love wine with salty foods… Thanks for the info!

    • Matt Talbot 2016-02-02 at 9:27 am - Reply

      Glad to help. It was a great revelation in my world.

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