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A Guide To Choosing The Best Champagne For A Wedding

A Guide To Choosing The Best Champagne For A Wedding
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When it comes to celebrations, there’s nothing like popping a bottle of champagne and pouring a glass of bubbly. The sound of the cork flying off the mouth of a bottle instantly adds a celebratory flavour to an event. A champagne toast to the bride and groom is a tradition in most weddings. Today, there are a number of varieties of champagne available. Choosing between them can be as difficult as choosing your wedding dress. Here are a few tips to make the process easier.

Price vs Quantity

Champagne can be served at many different times during the wedding. You can serve a glass while the bride and groom cut the cake, while giving the toast or you may even serve it at the bar during the reception. Knowing when you plan on serving the champagne will determine how much of it you need. For example, if you were to serve champagne at the bar, the quantity you need would be much more than if you were only serving it as a toast. Once you know the quantity you need, you will be able to find the price range of champagne your budget allows for.

Food Pairing

If you’re serving champagne at the bar, think about the snacks that will also be making the rounds at the time. Your champagne should not just taste great, it should complement these foods too. The two types of champagne that stand out for food pairings are vintage champagnes and Rose sparkling wines.

Taste Taste Taste!

Finding the perfect champagne for your wedding is a lot like choosing your wedding dress – you have to try a lot of them before you can find the perfect one. If you visit a wine shop, you can speak to someone there who knows their wines and champagnes, and experiment with different flavours to find the one that is best suited to your wedding. You can start tasting champagnes as early as during your engagement party. Once you have found your favourite champagne, share it with your caterer so that they know exactly what you are looking for. On the off chance that your chosen champagne is not available in sufficient quantity for your wedding, they can then suggest alternatives with a similar flavour profile.

Vintage vs Non-Vintage

If you really want to wow your guests, there’s nothing like a glass of vintage champagne. Vintage champagnes are not produced every year. They’re made only on years when the harvest has been outstanding. Vintage champagnes are made from grapes selected for their superior taste and quality. This gives the wine a unique flavour profile and improves its quality. On the other hand, non-Vintage champagnes are made every year from whichever grapes are harvested in the season. This may be blended with reserved wines from earlier batches to ensure that the taste is standardized.

Vintage champagnes are definitely more expensive. They are also available in limited quantities. So, you don’t just have to think about your budget here, you also need to consider how many bottles you will need.

Today, champagne delivery is easily available online. You can serve champagne in champagne flutes or regular wine glasses. Many people actually prefer the latter since the wider glass gives the champagne a more rounded taste. To ensure that your guests enjoy the champagne you’ve chosen, serve it at a temperature between 7 and 9 degrees. Be careful not to over-chill the champagne as this too can affect its taste.
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