Post # 1
My FH doesn’t drink a lot, he used to, but not at all anymore. He doesn’t recall ever having champagne and doesn’t know what would be good. I’ve never had a drink in my life past sneaking a regretful sip of a strawberry daquri from my mom when I was a younger teen, because I thought it was strawberry soda lol…Were not fans of alcohol, we just thought a little champagne would be nice for the occassion
Basically neither of us know what to shop for but we want a good tasting champagne for our wedding night, any suggestions? Anything strawberry or vanilla would be preferred if there is such thing 🙂
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 8
squirrelyone : Wow!! Thank you for this!! I’m not a fan of the taste of alcohol from the sip I had, he really doesn’t care as he used to drink for the fun of it. We normally drink Welch’s from special occassions but wanted something that’s deemed a bit more “fancy” for our wedding night, also to help loosen us up as it will be our first night together (sorry if that’s TMI).
We may just go with something alcohol free as well in case I really just can’t stnd the taste of alcohol lol! Those links really help though 🙂
Post # 9
Speck_ : that is incredibly helpful as well! I know basically nothing about alcohol so I appreciate all The help! 🙂
The alcohol will be just for my then husband and I after the wedding; we don’t have the money to pay for everyone, and most of our family doesn’t drink so we got lucky 😉
Post # 10
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
Seconding the Prosecco suggestion. It’s cheap and seems like champagne but is sweeter and most folks won’t know the difference. 🙂
Post # 12
Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) is very nice.
Post # 13
iceetemp : Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial is one of my favorites 🙂
Post # 14
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!
Post # 15
RedHeadKel : I apologise for the confusion! It’s not a tasting champagne, were just curious about a champagne that tastes good, and it’ll be just for us on our wedding night 🙂
I appreciate the suggestions, we would definitely lean towards something sweeter!