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02 of 08

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What to Drink in Germany (Besides Beer)

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If you want even more sparkle than in a Schorle, try German sparkling wine — better known as Sekt. After France and Italy, Germany is the third biggest producer of sparkling wine in the world.

While true champagne can only come from the Champagne region in France, Deutscher Sekt is sparkling wine made exclusively with German grapes. Types include Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Noir. Sekt tends to be sweeter and lower in alcohol than champagne with pleasant fruit tones. East German favorite, Rotkäppchen, is among the most popular (and inexpensive) brands, although there are many other versions. As much as 80% of the Sekt produced in Germany is also consumed here.