Brut Champagne is a level of sweetness in sparkling wine. The level of sweetness varies from Brut Nature (no added sugar) to Doux (sweet). Brut has a lot of wiggle room in sweetness as you’ll see below, whereas Extra Brut and Brut Nature are very focused in their sugar content. This can be helpful in sorting out what you like.
- Brut Nature
- Brut Zero 0-3 grams/liter Residual Sugar
- Extra Brut
- 0-6 g/l RS
- 0-12 g/l RS
- Extra Dry
- 12-17 g/l RS
- 17-32 g/l RS
- 32-50 g/l RS
- 50+ g/l RS
Learn more about the calories in wine with this fascinating wine nutrition facts infographic
How much sugar is in Champagne compared to other drinks?
One of the most fascinating things about wine is how little sugar it takes to make wine taste sweet. If you look at how many grams of sugar are actually in a 6 oz serving (177 ml) glass of sparkling wine, it’s actually quite low compared to other beverages. Even the most cloyingly sweet Demi Sec style.
Sugar (grams) in Tasty Drinks
- Vodka Soda
- Brut Nature Sparkling Wine
- Brut Sparkling Wine
- Demi Sec Sparkling Wine
- Gin & Tonic
- Honest Tea Green Tea
- Starbucks 2% Milk Grande Latte
- Margarita on the rocks (made w/ simple syrup)
- Jack & Coke
So… why does Champagne give me a headache?
If you’ve been blaming sugar as the culprit for why you keep getting Champagne headaches… well, this might not be the case. As a regular wine drinker (I usually consume at least a bottle a week of bubbles) I used to get Champagne headaches really bad. Here’s what was happening to me, which might also be happening to you:
You Don’t Feel Thirsty Bubbles quench your thirst so you don’t drink as much water.
You Drink More It’s easy to drink a whole bottle of Champagne because of its quaffable style. Whereas, a bottle of rich dark red wine is a little more of a slow arduous process.
You Drink Late Sparkling wine goes along with late night entertainment such as New Year’s parties, clubbing and other debaucherous activities. Plus, that hot tub you’re in will also dehydrate you (you sweat in hot water–you just can’t tell).
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