Post # 1
I am an avid Moscato di Asti/ other sparkling wine kinda gal. I just love my wine super sweet and bubbly. And to me, there isn’t much difference between this and a sweet champagne. Maybe a little less bubbly.
We just signed the contract for our reception site, and to cut costs and keep on budget, the coordinator proposed (and we agreed to) sparkling wine for the toast.
Personally, since I can’t (nor do I care) about the difference, it was a non-issue for me.
But I wanted your thoughts. For an additional $7.00 per person (!!!) we can upgrade to a champagne toast.
Can you tell the difference between champagne and sparkling wine? And does it really matter that much anyway?
Post # 3
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
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
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
No way is it worth the extra $7 I agree with everything Georgia Bee said, just make sure to taste the wine.
Post # 7
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
There’s a difference, but not worth $7. No one will care you used sparkling wine instead of champagne.
Post # 9
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
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
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
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
- 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
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
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 🙂
Post # 16
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.