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Denominação de Origem Controlada (Portugal) Demi-Sec
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Demi-sec: In the language of Champagne, a term relating to sweetness. It can be misleading; although demi-sec means half-dry, demi-sec sparkling wines are usually slightly sweet to medium sweet.

Demi-sec: Although the literal translation is "medium-dry", a sparkling wine with this description is actually fairly sweet, with 33 to 50 grams of sugar content per liter. Demi-sec wines were particularly popular during the 18th century.

Sparkling wines that are moderately sweet to medium sweet.

The characteristic of fine wines that gives the impression of having layers of taste, rather than being one-dimensional.

Demi-sec - pretty sweet (pair with fruit and dessert)
Champagne and sparkling wines are also categorized as "vintage" or "non-vintage" (NV on the label) meaning they either come from a single year or are a blend of several different years.

Demi-Sec: Demi-Sec is a very sweet French Champagnes and is not very common in the U.S.
Doux: With a resounding 5% sugar content, this Champagne is a bubbly dessert wine.

Demi-sec Champagne is medium-sweet.
Dessert wine
A dessert wine can be enjoyed after a fulfilling meal. It's quite sweet, and has been fortified to give it a higher alcohol content.

Demi-sec - Moderately sweet to medium sweet sparkling wines.
Devatting - The process of separeting red must from pomace, which can happen before or after fermentation.
Dessert wine - Very sweet, high alcohol wines.

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A French term meaning "half dry," used to describe a sweet Sparkling Wine.
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Demi-sec: (French) Medium sweet.
Depth: Refers to a wine's intensity or presence of flavour or colour.

Demi-sec (Fr.) Medium dry.
Denominao de origem controlada (Por.) See 'DOC' (Portugal).
Denominacin de origen (Sp.) See 'DO'.

French for medium dry.
Champagne making is a complex process. First the wine is fermented, and then a secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle.

The French term for medium-dry.
A digestif is an alcoholic drink served at the end of the meal, often after dessert.

Demi-Sec Literally "partly dry." Found on sparkling wines, demi-sec indicates medium sweetness. Demi-Sec is sweeter than Extra Dry and Brut.

Demi-Sec: Medium dry, but in champagne it is medium sweet.

Deposit: The sediment of solid particles found in wine. In the case of white wines, these are often fragments of colorless crystals of tartrate.

Means "half-dry". It defines the sweetness level in Champagne. Demi-Sec wines are usually sweet to medium sweet.

A level of sweetness in sparkling wine. Although French for half-dry, demi-sec bubblies are often semi- to medium-sweet. See also "sugar levels".

6) Demi-Sec (very sweet)
7) Doux* (very, very sweet)
*In some cases, you may stumble upon a sparkling wine labeled Doux. This is supposedly even sweeter than the Demi-Sec, but I've never even seen a bottle of it before.

[edit] Demi-sec Moderately sweet to medium sweet sparkling wines.
[edit] Dessert wine Varies by region. In the UK, a very sweet, low alcohol wine. In the US by law, any wine containing over 15% alcohol.

Light and fruity demi-sec. Great for the price. Read More
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Amontillados have a demi-sec taste because of the adding of a small percentage of Pedro Ximénez and few producers make this wine in the dry style ...

Demi-Sec: quite sweet, 3.3 to 5% residual sugar. and Doux: sweet, more than 5% residual sugar. Most Champagne firms make at least three categories of wine: non-vintage, vintage, and prestige.

Complimentary Wine Pairing Moscato d'Asti, Demi-Sec Champagne (a sweet champagne), Brachetto d'Acqui, Asti-Spumante, Lambrusco (Dolce or Amabile) ...

Brut is a French term for dry Champagne; extra-dry sparkling wines are actually sweeter than brut; demi-sec refers to a medium-sweet to sweet wine. Trocken is the German word for dry; halbtrocken is half-dry.

In Champagne, effervescent wine containing from 35 to 50 grams of sugar to the liter.

Champagnes and sparkling wines range in style from very dry (Natural), dry (brut) and slightly sweet (extra Dry) to sweet (sec and Demi-Sec).

Try light wines with Chinese food. Most Chinese food tends to be delicate and slightly sweet, so the wine needs to be considerate of this. Suitable wines include Riesling, Champagne (demi-sec or brut) and New World Pinot Noirs.[8]
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A French word used to describe a dry wine (usually Champagne or other sparkling wine). Other terms used to describe Champagne (with more sugar than Brut types) include sec (which still means dry) and demi-sec.
See Airlock.

You knew that already if you've checked the Brut entry. Only in Sherry can you rely on the term to mean that the wine is really dry. This is one of the confusions that surround wine for no good reason other than to keep you intimidated. See Demi-sec.

" Sec (1.7-3.5%) literally translates to "dry", but is noticeably sweet. No wonder the public is confused! Demi-Sec (3.3-5.0%) is very sweet and Doux (over 5.0%) is extremely sweet. (see our Tasting Notes) ...

See also: See also: Wine, Sweet, Dry, Taste, Grape

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