Does size matter?
It has to be said that a magnum of Champagne certainly looks impressive! A magnum is a double bottle, so 150cl of Champagne. You can get 12 flutes per magnum.
As well as looking awesome there is another reason to consider buying magnums. Many venues which offer corkage do it on a per bottle basis, regardless of the size of the bottle! So if you can cut down the corkage bill by half, it is worth buying in Magnums. We would recommend checking with your venue before ordering, as some venues have wised up to this and charge a higher rate for magnums.
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Does it have to be Champagne?
Of course it doesn’t have to be Champagne. There are some excellent sparkling wines out there at the moment. Some are made to emulate Champagnes unique style and others have a style of their own.
Who doesn’t like Italy’s Sparkling Superstar, a relative new kid on the block, it’s popularity seems unabated, even by warnings of Prosecco shortages and price rises as a result of a poor vintage last year. It’s a spontaneous, frivolous fizz with bags of charm and more affordable than Champagne. As a friend put it; Champagne is A for a celebration but Prosecco is A for fun! It would make a perfect welcome drink, and a toast. It is fresher and younger in style, so approachable and pleasing to most. It is also a lot cheaper! Prosecco in Calais starts at around £3.33, so certainly a popular and budget choice for many.
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Cava is Spain’s answer to Champagne. There can be a wide variety of styles and quality. Some of the best, vintage Cava can certainly rival some of the cheaper Champagnes. There are two main styles of Cava; One made with local grape varieties and one made with some local grape varieties but blended with Chardonnay. Of the above, Freixenet, with the iconic Black Cordon Negro bottle, champion tradition. Whilst Cordoniu use more Chardonnay, giving the wines a slightly richer style.
There are of course some bargains to be had from Cava, prices start at £2.99 in Calais, for the Marques de Sierra Negra Cava Brut.
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Other Sparkling Wines
Not to miss out on the action too much, the New World has pretty great Sparkling Wines too. Most look to copy Champagne using Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. There are some terrific Australian Sparklers from well know names like Wolf Blass and Lindemans. Or try some Kiwi quality with the lovely Lindauer wines.
It’s not just the Champagne region in France that produces Sparkling Wine - Burgundy, Loire, Alsace and the South of France all produce their own version, but not being from Champagne, they just can’t call it that. A good Crémant de Bourgogne is often an excellent alternative to Champagne. A French Sparkling Wine could be an excellent, low cost alternative to Champagne.
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