Wine for Weddings: The Toast

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No One Needs Champagne

Now, I love Champagne, but we're talking about a specific situation here where money counts and breathtaking quality does not. We want delicious and delicate, cake-worthy and crowd-pleasing, and for that we can look outside of France. Consider Cava (Spain), Prosecco (Italy), or shut down the search and just order cases from Gruet, in New Mexico. Their phenomenal flagship Brut goes for around $15 a magnum, and will please everyone from Aunt Edna to your cousin the wine snob.

For those working with a caterer, check during the introductory process whether they'll source the things you want, or if they charge corkage (and whether it's exorbitant) if you opt to select and purchase your sparkling wine on your own.

 

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  • I agree that Moscato would be great for a wedding. No one needs to tell you what to do but I am sure it will happen to just about everyone so just smile. Getting the amount for one toast is the way to go and then have a pay as you go bar for the rest.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:04 PM


  • Snooth User: spossum
    520172 3

    Agreed on most points.

    Another idea - choose a venue that lets you bring your own wine. Not only do you cut down on the sea of possibilities, but you also avoid the $3 horrible - mediocre wine that costs you $10.

    May 31, 2012 at 12:24 PM


  • Snooth User: PKS100
    1074083 59

    No mention of Cremant? That's another great inexpensive alternative to Champagne.

    May 31, 2012 at 12:36 PM


  • I am getting married this September and I already found the bubbly I'll be toasting with. I live in Oregon and fell head over heels for the Wine By Joe Joe's Secco last year. They call it a Prosecco style rather than a champagne and it is AWESOME and way cheaper than nice champagne. They just released the new vintage last weekend and when I tried it I was more impressed than last year. They put more Muscat in it. DELICIOUS! Nice and dry with really yummy tropical fruit flavors. I think you can get Wine By Joe in almost any state. I highly recommend it.

    May 31, 2012 at 6:07 PM


  • i am getting married in the end of june and one of the most popular sparkling wines served here in Brazil for weddings is the demi sec freixenet , which i find it nice. I had to take into consideration price and quality. In our country we have to pay all drinks for all of our guests and for the whole night. I wish i could pay only for the toast so i would have more money for my honey moon.

    May 31, 2012 at 8:30 PM


  • Snooth User: Dena Hurst
    1021590 7

    The advice we got when planning our wedding was to just have a bottle of champagne (sparkling) for the bride & groom to toast with. The caterer said that by that point in the reception, most of the guests probably already had their beverage of choice in hand and wouldn't care about getting handed another glass to toast with. Good compromise to save some $ and get to drink the stuff you know you'll appreciate without wasting it on guests who wouldn't...

    Jun 01, 2012 at 12:46 PM


  • Snooth User: messygonzo
    1327679 35

    No mention of Cremant? That's another great inexpensive alternative to Champagne

    Aug 02, 2013 at 5:55 AM


  • i am getting married in the end of june and one of the most popular sparkling wines served here in Brazil for weddings is the demi sec freixenet , which i find it nice.

    Aug 14, 2013 at 12:41 AM


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    Aug 17, 2013 at 2:25 AM


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    i am getting married in the end of june and one of the most popular sparkling wines served here in Brazil for weddings is the demi sec freixenet , which i find it nice.

    Oct 09, 2013 at 3:27 AM


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    Oct 17, 2013 at 7:19 AM


  • Snooth User: baldytrip
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    i am getting married in the end of june and one of the most popular sparkling wines served here in Brazil for weddings is the demi sec freixenet , which i find it nice.

    Oct 21, 2013 at 11:07 PM


  • Snooth User: languidbox
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    i am getting married in the end of june and one of the most popular sparkling wines served here in Brazil for weddings is the demi sec freixenet , which i find it nice.

    Oct 23, 2013 at 5:25 AM


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    Oct 28, 2013 at 2:09 AM


  • Snooth User: wildunique
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    i am getting married in the end of june and one of the most popular sparkling wines served here in Brazil for weddings is the demi sec freixenet , which i find it nice.

    Oct 31, 2013 at 12:10 AM


  • Snooth User: poleerst
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    No mention of Cremant? That's another great inexpensive alternative to Champagne

    Nov 08, 2013 at 12:31 AM


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    good

    Nov 11, 2013 at 1:28 AM


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    Dec 20, 2013 at 5:34 AM


  • i am getting married in the end of june and one of the most popular sparkling wines served here in Brazil for weddings is the demi sec freixenet , which i find it nice.

    Jan 15, 2014 at 11:40 PM


  • i am getting married in the end of june and one of the most popular sparkling wines served here in Brazil for weddings is the demi sec freixenet , which i find it nice.

    Jan 21, 2014 at 11:13 PM


  • Snooth User: gamysplash
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    Its helpful :)


    Apr 04, 2014 at 4:55 AM


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