Sparkling dessert wine is a category with few limitations; winemakers have a lot of leeway and draw from a number of grape varieties to produce wines that can be anywhere from lightly frizzante to fully sparkling. This translates to a broad range of selections for the consumer. You'll find bottlings that barely fall into the dessert category, and others that taste frankly sweet. And the sweeter the wine, the lower the alcohol level, generally speaking. Wine Spectator's Alison Napjus.
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