Post # 1
Fiance and I have started talking about the wine we’ll have during dinner and the champagner we want to have for the arrival. We were pretty sure about the wine (there is one white wine that Future Mother-In-Law loves and I agree that this is an absolutely wonderful wine, I just don’t know the name of it and we are yet undecided whether to go for a Pinot Noir or Beaujolais with the red wine. I think we’ll go for whatever is cheaper there, as we both really like both kinds).
Any ways, we are more beer drinkers than wine/champagner drinkers and while we got some knowledge about wines from Future Mother-In-Law who is a big wine fan and who’ll be getting wine at their yearly booze cruise to France, we have no clue on champagners. We wouldn’t need huge amounts of champagne, only about 80 glasses for the arrival. Does anyone have any recommendations? Also, how many bottles would that be approximately?
Hope you can help me out! 🙂
Post # 2
Six glasses to a bottle, you’ll need 14 bottles. Better get a few extra to be safe – 18. What’s your budget for champagne?
Post # 3
You usually get 5-6 generous serves per bottle of champagne.
What’s your budget for a bottle? That is really the deciding factor on what people will reccomend. Are you particularly wanting a champagne (as in genuine champagne from France) or are you ok with a sparkling wine or prosecco??
A good idea is to determine your price point and go to a online alcohol store and filter your search according to price. A lot of people rate their purchases on those online stores so it will give you a good idea as to what to buy.
Another thing to remember is that most people don’t really care/know about wine/champagne/beer/whiskey etc. If you provide it most will drink happily.
Post # 4
I personally prefer prosecco as I find most champagne to be dry for me and I prefer the sweet taste of prosecco. Also it will be cheaper!
Post # 5
We’ll be okay with a sparkling white as well and we have quite some wiggle room on the budget as some relatives were very generous upon the engagement and we have a good bit on joined savings. So for all the drinks we can probably budget 500 – 1K (that is in €)
I seriously have no clue on how to actually budget for wine and such things, to be honest. Maybe people who do catering and such would know such things better. Our venue does the food and we were offered no corkage, but the official contract says 5€ corkage per bottle (with our package they only include one glass and one top-up for the dinner and no champagne for arrival, but the 40 pp is phenomenal, so we thought we can splurge a bit on the drinks). The rest of the evening will be a cash bar, as this is costumary in our circle of friends and our area and it’s just what everyone does. Water is free all evening anyways.
I hope that’s enough info. We already decided on the Pinot Noir, as the Beaujolais apparently would have to be cooled and we don’t know if the hotel has the facilities for that.
Post # 6
If you want an actual champagne I would go for the Laurent Perrier Brut, most vintages are quite decent, and it’s a pretty standard entry level champagne that shouldn’t cost you a fortune.
To help you break down your bottle numbers, the average wine bottle is 26oz. The standard pour for wine is 5oz. You should be able to get 5 portions per wine bottle. For champagne the standard pour is 3 oz, bottles are typically still 26oz. You should be able to get 8 glasses per bottle. That’s if they have champgne “coupe” glasses most caterers use a flute style and you’ll most likely have a 5oz pour instead.
Post # 7
sweirdo : I would choose a pinor noir champagne rather than a blend.
Given you’ve already chosen a pinor noir red I’m the sort of person who would choose a pinor noir white to match.