Happy Wedding Wednesday! Wednesdays are the time when we will share tips, advice, etiquette, photos, etc. about weddings. Weddings take A LOT of planning so we hope these posts will help ease the process for you along the way.
Champagne is almost synonymous with weddings – it usually pops up during an engagement, after an engagement, as a “congrats” for an engagement, at engagement parties, at showers and bachelorettes and ultimately as you toast your newlywed. Since we recently spent some time in wine country I thought I’d share what our knowledgeable sommeliers and wine-makers have taught us about the bubbly.
Champagne vs. Prosecco
The first thing to note is that we didn’t actually taste any champagne while we were out West because it’s not made here. Champagne is indigenous to France, specifically the Champagne region of France. There are actually laws in place that prohibit winemakers outside of this region to label sparkling wine “champagne” with the exception of some being allowed to use “champagne-style”. The origins of champagne are filled with royalty and prestige and the older, the better.
Champagne is a sparkling wine consisting of grapes from the varieties of Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Menuier. Inducing a secondary fermentation of the wine while bottled affects carbonation and from what we’ve learned, the smaller the bubbles, the better!
Prosecco is different. Italy’s version of the bubbly is considered an “everyday drink.” The biggest difference in this celebratory sip is that prosecco does not improve with age and should actually be consumed within six months time (1 year max) of its purchase (if this is news to you like it is to me, you are probably planning on serving a lot of engagement gifted prosecco this week!).
Taste-wise the bubbly drinks tend to be similar in that there are so many grape varieties to choose from. The biggest difference you’ll find (listen up savvy brides!) is in price. The average bottle of champagne ranges from $25 to $75 while prosecco comes in at a whopping $10 average. If you’re looking to toast all night long prosecco may be a fantastic option for your reception!
Photo courtesy of Wine Enthusiast