Sweet vs. Dry

Most sparkling wines and champagnes in the United States fall under the Brut designation, as American tastes lean toward dryer champagnes. Sweeter wines are by no means bad, and can be amazing, so it's really a matter of taste.

If you like it a little sweeter, here's the breakdown, from driest to sweetest: Extra Brut (rare in the U.S.), Brut (most champagnes that you see), Extra Dry (misleadingly named, actually slightly sweet), Sec, Demi-Sec, Doux (rare in the U.S.).