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Debate a Bubble - Top Tips For Your Perfect Champagne Party 4

Debate a Bubble - Top Tips For Your Perfect Champagne Party 4

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Top Tips For Your Perfect Champagne Party 4

Posted: 19 Nov 2010 03:29 AM PST

How do I choose which champagne to serve?

A very important question ….

Here's a simple but reliable tip that will work for any wines including champagne and for any occasion: a meal or a party 

  • Start with white and move to red 
  • Start with dry and move to sweet 
  • Start with young and move to old

Let's look at some examples using champagne

To start the fun

Le Gras Blanc de Blancs champagne is made only with Chardonnay grapes, so it's crisp, dry and clean; fresh and citrussy, although a good one will still be smooth and soft in the mouth.

 The secret is that a couple of glasses of Blanc de Blancs will wake up your taste buds ready for the food to follow, so it's great at the start of the party and/or as an aperitif before dinner

 You'll find the words blanc de blancs on the label by the way, so this type of champagne is easy to find


As the party progresses your palate will change too and a really dry wine or champagne can soon start to seem a little harsh.

 Now's the time to serve a classic non-vintage champagne that contains both white grapes (Chardonnay) and black grapes (Pinot Noir and / or Pinot Meunier)

The black grapes lend more fruitiness and fullness to the champagne, leaving a deliciously full and satisfying flavour in your mouth.

 If you're hosting a dinner party, then this style of champagne will be great with the first course. Most champagnes on the market fit into this categor and if you're in doubt just ask the wine merchant.

 Later On

Towards the end of the evening when you're feeling relaxed and mellow is the perfect moment for a richer, more full-flavoured champagne to match your mood.

 At your dinner party you'll find that vintage champagne is ideal with main courses such as turkey, game and lots more besides - perfect for Christmas!

 To Finish Off

At the end of the evening, or to serve with a sweet dessert, there's one more option to consider and that's Demi-sec champagne.

 If you've never tried demi-sec and think that it's far too sweet for you, think again.Lanson Carte Ivoire

 With the sweetness of the dessert a demi-sec champagne is just perfect and doesn't seem sweet at all. Plus if you've finished eating you'll find that demi-sec is far softer on your palate than brut champagne if you want to go on partying into the wee small hours – besides, it's different and makes your party that extra bit special

To find out more about how to throw stylish and elegant champagne parties, check out  "The Insider's Guide to Champagne" an e-book that lets you into the real secrets of champagne for just £19.97

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