Champagne for Wedding Buffet Menu

Champagne is one of an alcoholic drink that is known as sparkling wine produced from grape grown in France. Nowadays champagnes can be bought from many countries, however French champagne is treated as the top quality among most of the sparkling wines. Champagne actually are special name given to sparkling wine produce in the champagne region in France, whereas sparkling wines from Spain are particularly called Cava, sparkling wines from Italy are called Prosecco.

You will always find champagne during celebrations including wedding buffet. Your wedding buffet menu will looks a bit bored without champagne that is widely regarded as one of the key parts of the big day.

There are many variety of champagne with difference taste and prices. Generally you will stick to one or two types of champagne for public consumption to save cost and hassle in the buffet. So what champagne should be considered for your wedding buffet menu? If your budget is high enough, you may consider below:

Veuve Clicquot Rose NV Veuve Clicquot Rose NV is a smoky version, exhibiting light berry and watermelon notes. Quite firm, as much from the chalky sensation as from the lively acidity. Despite its lightness, it shows intensity and length.
Montaudon Grande Rose Champagne Montaudon Grande Rose Champagne is delicious with red fruit, cinnamon and ginger aromas and flavors highlight this lively, medium-bodied ros.

If your budget is low, you may consider below:

Gruet Blanc De Noirs Gruet Blanc De Noirsis elegant and focused, with creamy vanilla and apple aromas and rich yet crisp flavors of baked pear and cinnamon bread.
Riondo Prosecco Riondo Prosecco is effusively fruity, light-bodied offering shows terrific floral notes, persistent effervescence, and a clean, delicate finish.
Korbel Extra Dry Korbel Extra Dry is extra dry, of course, means a little sweet, and so this bubbly is. It has good acidity and modest bread dough, apple and peach flavors, with a clean finish.
 Freixenet Blanc de Blancs NV Freixenet Blanc de Blancs NV with bouquet that is reminiscent of ripe pineapple and toasted biscuit, underscored by a distinctive citrus blossom note. Juicy pear, white chocolate and lemon zest flavors fill the palate, which expand through the wine’s vivacious stream of bubbles and firm structure.
 Andre White Extra Dry Andre White Extra Dry is a light straw color with pleasant fruit and a mild floral character. The aromas of apple and pear are balanced with a bouquet of toasty yeast notes and floral nuances.
 Sutter Home Fre Brut Sutter Home Fre Brut, from the cascades of tiny bubbles to the effervescent fizz in the glass, this alcohol-removed sparkling wine makes any occasion feel a little more special. Green apple and ripe pear aromas tickle your nose, while crisp flavors of apple and strawberry delight your palate. This Brut is beautifully balanced with a pleasantly dry, refreshing finish.

How many glasses can be served per bottle of champagne? It depends on the size of bottle and how you pour the champagne into the glasses.

The most common bottle size is 750ml, that generally will give 6 flute glasses of champagne if you pour 3/4 of glass, 1000ml bottle will fill 8 flute glasses.

If you pour 1/3 of glass, 750ml bottle may serve 12 – 14 glasses, 1000ml bottle may serves 16 – 18 glasses.

It is not wise to pour full glass of champagne, as it will easily split and not easy to carry around.

How many bottles of champagne should be purchased for your wedding buffet menu? It depends on the number of guests invited and how generous you are. Each guest should at least allow one glass of champagne. If you would like the guests to mingle for longer time in the party, you may prepare 2 glasses for each guest. One bottles of champagne averagely can serve about 6 glasses. If you are going to invite 150 guests and each guest is allocated for one glass only, then you may need to get 25 bottles of champagne and remember to prepare extra 5 to 10% for backup purposes.

Champagne should be stored in a cool place and avoid directly sun light. It should be chilled but not iced, so don’t put in freezer. In order to cool it down, just put them in a bucket of ice or chiller.

To open the bottle, release the wire cage without removing it, hold the cork and rotating the bottle at an angle slowly to reduce the risk of wasting the champagne that spray out fast.

Normally the hotels, restaurants or wedding buffet caters do provide champagnes but may charge higher price for their menu than outside. If you want to save costs, you may need to purchase your own champagnes outside and bring to the venue where wedding buffet to be served, check if there is any corkage to be pay. If the corkage is big in such a way that it is not worth to purchase your own, you may need to include their champagnes in the wedding buffet menu. If your favourite champagnes are not available in their list, you may ask them to get for you somewhere else.

Make sure you taste it first or buy one bottle for own consumption before you decide to do a bulk purchase for your big day. Vintage champagne will be more expensive than non-vintage champagne. You may specially buy few bottles of vintage champagnes for some VIPs including two of you.

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