Wine descriptions from France

frenchy_fl(Z10 FL)March 11, 2006

Sec = very dry

Demi-Sec = dry

Du = somewhat sweet

Sucre = sweet

My preference is Du, with dessert, Demi Sec with a meal, and Sucre for an after dinner relaxing drink.

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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

Thanks for the information.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2006 at 2:54PM
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robin_d(8b Tacoma WA)

I've heard the term "cremante" (sp?) - where does this fit in on the sweetness scale?

Cheers,
Neal D.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2006 at 12:04PM
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frenchy_fl(Z10 FL)

The term "cremente" is an Italian word. You have spelled it correctly. It has nothing to do with the sweetness of wine. It refers to burning something to ashes.

The French have only 4 categories for wine sweetness as described above.

Hope this helps.

I make my own wine and "Champagne" so I can taylor the flavor and sweetness to my palette.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2006 at 12:38PM
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nookie(z7 france)

Cremente is a bubbly wine and is usually enjoyed at dessert.

Karen

    Bookmark   May 15, 2006 at 5:13AM
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nookie(z7 france)

Sorry, spelled that wrong. It's crémant *blush*.
I also wanted to add that it is also served as an apéritif or a cocktail. :o)

Karen

    Bookmark   May 15, 2006 at 5:24AM
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frenchy_fl(Z10 FL)

Ah, spelling. What a difference it makes. French and Italian languages have many similarities. Crémant blush being a light pink sparkling wine is just that. It cannot be called "Champagne", because only sparkling wine made from grapes from the province of Champagne can be called "Champagne".

So, it is sparkling wine, but it does not change the above mentioned 4 classes of sweetness.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2006 at 10:48AM
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pricem11(z7 NC)

Speaking of spelling, it isn't 'du' but 'doux'.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2006 at 12:56PM
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pricem11(z7 NC)

What's more, Champagne is not a 'province' but rather part of a 'région'--Champagne-Ardenne. In France there is a distinction between these words.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2006 at 9:10AM
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