(Closed) Champagne Recommendations?

posted 12 years ago in Food
Post # 17
453 posts
Helper bee

I always buy Cristalino for parties and people really like it. It is a Cava-Spanish sparkling wine. If you are buying the champagne yourself, check Cost Plus World Market-they usually have it for around $6.99. 

Post # 18
480 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

If you like sweet champagne, then Verdi is great and cheap, it’s like five dollars a bottle, which is nice if you are using it at a wedding for a lot of people. I just got their new flavor, raspberry…soooo good!

Post # 19
617 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

saving this info for later! 

Bump for any new suggestions? 

Post # 20
6458 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’d love to hear other people’s recommendations for champagne that IS NOT wicked sweet.  

Post # 21
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We did Prosecoo – no one knew the difference!

Post # 22
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

If you want an alternative to true Champagne (champenoise method, coming from the Champagne AOC), try Cremants d’Alsace. They are made by the same method, but in a different region and therfore can’t be labeled “Champagne” and are MUCH less expensive. 


If you want “something with alcohol and bubbles”, an Italian Asti (especially Moscato d’Asti) goes wonderfully with wedding cake. 

Post # 23
44 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

Do you want ‘Champagne’ or a substitute? If you want champagne, only the wine that is produce in ‘champagne’ area in france can be called ‘champagne’, otherwise it is fake and no need to spend more than 10usd on those.

For champagne I would recommend the one we have for our wedding, which is real champagne and cost arround 21€ per bottle, a bit over your budget but definately tasty: Mademoiselle Vranken (maison Moët & Chandon)

If your guests do not know lot about sparkling wines, I would recommend you to go for a prosecco or any good sparkling wine you can find that fit your taste (I would target 10USD/bottle max). No need to spend a fortune if nobody can really tell the difference…


Post # 24
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I know we’re probably making the answer to the OP’s question waaay more complicated that she probably intended it to be, and she’s long gone, anyway, but . ..

Many people have a favorite bubbly (as others have said, the term “Champagne” should only be used for sparkling wines from the region of Champagne in France) and as you can see, ask for recommendations and they will be all over the map.That’s not particularly useful.

Some people prefer a touch of sweetness (or a lot more than a touch!) and other prefer their bubbly with a more tradiitonal dry flavor profile.

Of the above recommendations, the only one that I would drink is the Veuve Cliquot- although the Cremants d’Alsace sounds interesting (never tried!).

Maybe more useful is deciding on the style of production. The one to try to avoid is any bubbly that is “charmat bulk process.” These include most inexpensive bubblies that are often used for weddings. You know how people sometimes say that champagne gives them a headache? It’s because there are drinking this stuff – often inferior grapes to start out with, and then sulfites are added to stabilize the wine because it’s made in of the production method – and many people are allergic to sulfites. It occurs naturally on grapes and in wine in small amounts, but when a vintner adds a lot, it can cause various kinds of physical reactions.

Most Prosecco and Asti are made this way. But at least they’re a step up from the lowest quality bubblies – those that are just made by injecting CO2, like in soft drink production. The bubbles die quickly and what you;re left with isn’t worth drinking.

What you DO want to look for are sparkling wines made in the traditional “méthode Champenoise” (sometimes méthode traditionnelle”), which means that the secondary fermentation, the one that creates the bubbles, takes place in the same bottle you’re drinking it from. These sparkling wines are produced in many wine regions using various grapes, and you can look around for ones that meet your budget.

For my own not-very-useful personal recommendation, I love the sparkling wines from California’s far-northern Anderson Valley, particularly Handley Cellars (which boasts a totally cool woman winemaker who was one of the first U.S. women winemakers) and Roederer Estate:

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