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We all know that Champagne is the traditional drink to toast and celebrate with, but did you know it stems all the way back to 19th century France and the region of Champagne. In the 19th century, all of the kings were coronated in Champagne, and from there people associated the drink of the region as the drink of kings. In 1728 the King changed the law so he could enjoy Champagne, not just in the region, but at his chateau in Versailles. This eventually set the trend throughout France and Europe.

We regularly receive enquiries about ordering champagne for weddings from brides, bridegrooms, mothers of brides and bridegrooms all wanting to discuss options and get some advice about what champagne to serve. Therefore, we have developed some expertise in this area and have advised on champagne at large and small weddings and formal church weddings to wacky themed weddings such as Game of Thrones!

Therefore, if you would like any help from us in deciding what to serve at your or a wedding,  please do not hesitate to contact us on 0333 320 0023 or emailing us on info@sparkleandpop.com.

In the meantime, feel free to peruse below some facts about champagne which will give your some basic knowledge about champagne and help guide you to selecting the perfect champagne for your wedding.

What are the different types of Champagne?

It’s not just all fizz - here’s a quick run through:

Brut Non Vintage: this is the classic dry champagne which usually blends Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It also involves a blend of different harvests to ensure a consistent taste.

Vintage: vintage is a bottle from just one harvest, which has aged a lot longer than a brut and so is a lot richer. A standard vintage dates back to a minimum of 3 years.

Rosé: features a larger portion of red wine blended into the base wine.

Blanc de blancs: made from Chardonnay grapes only.

Blanc de noirs: made from Pinot Noir or Meunier grapes only.

What glassware you should use to serve it ? How should you serve it?

Apparently, there are 4 main types.

Champagne flute: the traditional glass of choice. The flute is the most closed off glass which means it keeps the bubbles the longest, making it ideal for using at weddings. However, it does not offer the best expression of the wine.

Wine glass: an ideal option when pairing Champagne with food. The wine glass is the best way to get the expression out of the Champagne.

Champagne saucer: a Champagne saucer was the original Champagne glass when the drink was, originally, cloudy. The wider surface area also means the bubbles float to the top very quickly.

How many bottles of Champagne will I need?

A standard size bottle (75cl) of Champagne typically serves six glasses, a Magnum (1.5l) serves 12 full size pours, and a Jeroboam (3l) serves 24 glasses of wine. You could go all the way up to a Nebuchadnezzar, which holds 15 litres of Champagne!

Does seasonal Champagne exist?

Brut is a classic for all year round. You could adapt your selection based on whether you are having a summery or wintery wedding. For example, for summer, pink fizz is an obvious choice and pairs fantastically with a range of different foods including spicy dishes like curries.

What are the other options?

Prosecco, Cava and English Sparkling Wines. There are some excellent alternatives to champagne – some being Luc Belaire which is a sparkling wine produced in the region Chablis of France. There is also the eye catching Bottega prosecco which is also very popular.