Good champagne?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
235 posts
Helper bee

I’d go with Martini & Rossi sparkling rose if you want something pink and fruity. It’s not prohibitively expensive but it’s still tastes good and is elegant to serve.

Post # 3
718 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

If you’re not familiar with alcohol you won’t know the difference between a cheap or more expensive champagne, it’s all moot. Just like someone who drinks wine regularly knows what they like vs someone who never drinks wine and has no idea there difference between a merlot and a sauvingnon (I think I spelled that right). 

I don’t know where you are located, but in Canada there is no such thing a flavoured champagne. If you’re concerned about taste go for something sweeter vs a dry champagne (you won’t enjoy that as much unless you prefer dry wine, in which case go for something drier). 

Post # 4
4509 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Neither Darling Husband nor I like regular champagne, so we went with Andre Peach Moscato, which is a really affordable ($6/bottle), sweet sparkling wine. It was a huge hit with our guests.

Post # 5
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Don’t feel you have to do champagne if you’re not fans of alcohol.  This is not just me-as-a-person-who-thinks-champagne-is-among-the-most-disgusting-things-invented-by-mankind-aside-from-Nati-Lite-and-the-Dentist-movies talking.  This is someone who has a lot of friends and family members who for medical reasons can’t have alcohol.  (and someone who hates champagne)  If it’s the bubbly aspect that you care about, how it looks and all that, and not the taste, there are some crazy carbonated juices out there now that are tasty, have the same look, and are much cheaper.  (My brother only has half a kidney – I’ve become very familiar with wine alternatives over the years)  They come in wine-style bottles and unless you get Welch’s, often times the labels aren’t overly obvious that this is sparkling juice instead of sparkling wine.

May as well drink something you like, right?  And if you like everything about champagne except the taste and the alcohol, just get the alcohol free version.  Some brands even come with the cork bottle, so you get the whole look, just none of the champagne flavor or alcohol.

Post # 6
139 posts
Blushing bee

I’ve always found it profitable to ask the staff at nice wine stores. Just tell them what you want and ask for some recommendations in your price range.

Post # 7
2181 posts
Buzzing bee

iceetemp :  I think you’re better off with prosecco than champagne! Prosecco is Italian wine that is carbonated like a soda with added CO2, and it tends to be very fizzy and on the sweet side. It’s also easy to find a good bottle of prosecco at $10-15. I like Montechiara Prosecco and it retails for a whopping $9.99.

Champagne gets its bubbles through the “traditional method” created by the naturally occuring yeast on the grape skins. Champagne can have a wide range of flavor profiles but tends to be dry and acidic. You’re going to spend more like $40 for a good bottle of champagne.

I would stay away from serving flavored wines because they tend to be a little sickening for people accustomed to drinking ‘normal’ wine. You can drop a fresh berry or a luxardo cherry in the glass for a little sweetness and a very pretty drink!

Post # 10
2646 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Spumante pink is ok, I any wine listed as a ice wine will be very sweet, but if you have never drank before I’d suggest something like Boones or Arbor Mist, they taste good and they aren’t too strong alcohol wise

Post # 11
736 posts
Busy bee

Seconding the Prosecco suggestion.  It’s cheap and seems like champagne but is sweeter and most folks won’t know the difference. πŸ™‚ 

Post # 12
522 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) is very nice.

Post # 13
1495 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

iceetemp : Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial is one of my favorites πŸ™‚

Post # 14
5956 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

iceetemp :  What’s a tasting champagne? Is this something everyone will drink?

I like Korbel Extra Dry (it’s actually less dry than Brut). It’s not an expensive champagne either.

To me, La Marca prosecco is a little sweeter if that’s what you are looking for. It’s considered a sparkling wine, but it’s champagne-y. Had some last night because my puppy is driving me to drink.

I’m guessing there are fruit infused proseccos out there, but I’ve never looked for them.

If you want a sweeter WINE you can try a riesling or 2. They can be VERY sweet!

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