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Dear Dr. Vinny,

On the sparkling wine dry-to-sweet scale from brut to doux, where would you categorize Prosecco?

—Karen, Apple Valley, Calif.

Dear Karen,

Prosecco is an Italian Denominazione di Origine Controllata, or DOC, for white wine (usually sparkling) made in northeastern Italy. But the Prosecco DOC does not dictate sweetness, so the wines come in a variety of styles.

However, there are typically some clues on the label to let you know how sweet or a dry a Prosecco will be, just like with other types of sparkling wines. From driest to sweetest, the categories are brut, extra dry or extra sec, sec, demi-sec and doux. Most of the Proseccos I see are labeled as “brut.”

Keep in mind that despite the sweetness indicated on the label, sometimes Prosecco can actually seem sweeter than it is thanks to its lush, fruit-forward profile and perfumed, floral notes.

—Dr. Vinny

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