Nobility. Royalty. Celebration.
Champagne or Sparkling Wine is a light, carbonated wine product that is often chosen to be a celebratory (or brunch) beverage. So what makes champagne different from prosecco? or cava? or just a sparkling wine? The easy answer is: well not much really. Champagne can only be called such, if it is made in the Champagne region of France (think Cognac vs. Brandy here). They all boil down to basically the same thing with varying levels of carbonation, aging, sweetness, and dryness. Prosecco is the Italian version, as Cava is the Spanish version. Most champagnes are aged longer and are therefore more dry or brut. Italian prosecco uses a different method of bottling that leaves the wine tasting sweeter.
The scale of dryness is as follows:
Extra Brut (Most Dry) - Brut (Dry) - Extra Dry (Slightly sweet. Weird right?) - Demi-sec (Sweet)