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Champagne?

Discussion in 'Food Forum' started by Grog, Nov 27, 2004.

  1. Grog

    Grog Millennium Member

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    I have a special occaision coming up. What champagne would you recommend? I'm not talking about the kind that I'd have to finance my house on :)

    Anything you can do to educate me would be helpful.
     
  2. Mild Bill

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    Most people hate Champagne...
    Champagne with "Brut" on the label means DRY, and people hate that the most...

    The sweeter the "Champagne" the more people say; "hey! I don't usually like Champagne, but this is good!"

    These would be the Spumante's, or sparkling wines...
    I'd try a few brands of Asti or Gran Spumante... They're usually under $12.00 a bottle...
    Martini and Rossi I think is the most expensive at under $15.00...
    Other brands are cheaper and sweeter...
    "I'd" say better... $5.00 - $8.00 a bottle...

    Argentinean or Spanish Sidra (see-drah) is a delicious sparking wine-like drink that is often around $5.00 a bottle,
    and is delicious for festive "toasting" occassions...

    You can get them at a Spanish grocery store...

    They go crazy for the stuff, and that's what we have each New Year's Eve at midnight...

    If there're egos involved, or if you have to impress some connoisseur, then wait for other
    responses to your thread, but if you just want something tasty, sweet, cold, and sparkly at the table
    then you can stick with me...

    When I walk thru the door with a $5.00 bottle of this Real Gran Sidra, (black label)
    my wife's eyes light up like I'm James Bond!

    [​IMG]
     

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    Call me a cheapass, but I dig the cheap Andre stuff, except the brut, its a bit too dry for me.
     
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    Another cheapass here ;e

    I love the Mimosa Royalle (sp?) ;a
     
  5. The Pontificator

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    Freixnet (sp?) has been touted by experts on bubbly to be an excellent value.
     
  6. Grog

    Grog Millennium Member

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    Thanks guys (& gal :) )

    I'm taking the G/F to ashville next weekend for a little romantic getaway and would like a little something to surprise her.


    This is why I love GT, I can get an answer to anything ;f
     
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    i'm surprise that nobody mention Korbel. This is an american produce bubly wine that is not bad. I purchased a few of the bigger bottles for a friend's wedding a few years back. Great stuff.
     
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    I just bought a bottle of Andre Spumante to test for you. ^1
     
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    Yup, that was a good bottle..... [​IMG]
     
  10. Grog

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    I don't know about "toasting", but our hotel room will have a hot tub, so We'll be festive ;f


    Where might I find some of what ya'll mentioned?
     
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    Check out your local Walmart Supercenter, mine has a pretty good selection of champagnes and sparkling wines.
     
  13. Mild Bill

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    You might get lucky are Walmart, but I get the stuff from some of the Italian or spanish grocery stores...

    ;c
     
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    OK, One super walmart didn't have much of a display so I'll tryt the other side of town. It's a newer store so they have more room.

    Thanks again.
     
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    Try Gloria Ferrer. A good champaign from Sonoma for about $15-18 dollars a bottle. Either the Brut or Blanc de Noir are good choices. Also Piper Sonoma (not the Piper French kind) for about $19.00 is a good buy.
     
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    I would spend the money on a moderately priced bottle of French Champagne. Champagne that can be bought for <$20 per bottle is basically an everyday house type of wine with good flavor, but is nothing exceptional. For $40 to $50 per bottle, you can get a special bottle to go with a special occassion. Two that come to mind are Vueve Cliquot and Perrier Jouet. Both worth the extra dollars and special enough to savor.
     
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    Grog,

    You actually mean champagne "champagne"? Or just a sparkling wine? There is a big difference. If you really, really want a good champagne then the Mumms Cordon Rouge is a good buy at around $26-34 a bottle depending on where you shop. For around $40-50, Garweh's suggestions are good to go.

    Brut means very, very dry and most laymen don't like it. The Sec or Demi-Sec are the sweet ones. Nasty, but people of no tastes prefer them.

    Order it off the internet. Here's a link to my favorite joint:

    http://www.klwines.com
     
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    Cold Duck is by far the best. ;)
     
  19. The Pontificator

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    During one holiday season we were each given a bottle of "North Pole Cellars 'champagne' ".

    Without a doubt the WORST TASTING BOTTLE of liquid crap I've ever had the misfortune of trying.
     
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    one word of advice, we americans use that word "champagne" to loosely to inclue like what fnflaman stated sparkling wines. If you want a true "champagne" it must come from a grape crush and bottle in "champagne" region of france. All other imitations aren't true "champagne" but are bubbly wines.