(Closed) Sparkling Wine vs. Champagne

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

i can tell the difference but really, for $7pp – go with the sparklinig  – its only one glass/toast and in the scheme of the event i dont think it matters

Post # 4
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

We did not have champagne for our wedding. Instead, we had Sergio Mionetto Rose. It is an extra dry rose – sparkling wine. No one really missed the champagne, except the couple that arrived already “toasted”. Neither of us drink a lot of wine; my husband doesn’t drink at all, but this wine is to die for. I loved it, and so did everyone else. If I were you, I would stick with the sparkling and save yourself some money. If you really want to spend that extra money, I am sure you can find something else more tangible and enjoyable to the both of you than the champagne.

Post # 5
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If it is really “champagne” that means it is from a specific area of France and made using a specific process.  Sparkling wine refers to any kind of sparkling wine from any other part of the world.  Prosecco, Cava and some Moscato would be examples of other sparkling wines.

Not worth it to pay the extra for actual champagne, IMO unless you have a guest list full of experts.  I would just recommend tasting the wine they are using.  My venue had something pretty awful, which I changed.  That didn’t cost me any more.

Post # 6
6065 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

No way is it worth the extra $7  I agree with everything Georgia Bee said, just make sure to taste the wine.

Post # 7
2450 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

it doesn’t matter what you use in your toast as long as you like it. it doesn’t have to be champagne. heck, we are having sparkling cider.

Post # 8
4371 posts
Honey bee

There’s a difference, but not worth $7. No one will care you used sparkling wine instead of champagne.

Post # 9
1690 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I too am having sparkling wine.  i actually dont rate Champagne at all, its too dry for me.  and the price difference aswell is not worth it.

its just the one drink, I’d just go for the sparkling wine . 


Post # 10
2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Being a bit of a snob when it comes to alcohol I will say there is a distinct difference.

Did I pay extra for my guests to have Champagne rather than a decent sparking? Nup! Becuase most people would nto be able to discern the difference.

Have what you like best, and don’t break the bank. Save the expensive Champagne for the honeymoon ; )

Post # 11
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t know if most people would be able to tell the difference but for a $7/head swing, I don’t think anyone would really care if it wasn’t champagne.  Go with the more cost effect route and put that money towards something else.

Post # 12
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Georgia Bee is correct.

Legally to be called “champagne”, it must be from France.

You can make the same style wine with the same types of grapes, but if it’s not from France, it’s “sparkling wine”, even if it’s the same wine.

(There are different types of sparkling wine, so not all are champagne replicas.)

Post # 13
622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn

Honestly, more people prefer sparkling wine than prefer true champagne. Don’t even sweat this… your sparkling wine will be perfect.

Post # 14
843 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’d totally go with the sparkling wine.  Most people can’t tell the difference anyway or even know the difference.  And for the difference in cost, definitely go with the sparkling!

Post # 15
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Definitely leave it as is.  Most people don’t know the difference and many of them won’t even drink the toast. 

I’m a coordinator and one of the first things I suggest when people are looking to cut stuff is the toast.  Whether it’s just switching to sparking wine as you’ve done or cutting it out completely so people toast with whatever drink they have is a great thing to do for the budget that seriously – no one will notice.

Since you are a true champagne fan, perhaps just have a bottle or two for you available of the ‘real’ stuff 🙂

Good luck!

Post # 16
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am doing sparkling wine instead of Champagne.  I much rather have sparkling wine, and I have heard that is how others feel as well. 

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