In the previous article, we gave you some advice to help you set the "wine" budget for your wedding. Today, we are going to focus on the wine of honour. This moment sounds the beginning of the festivities once your union has been celebrated, so it should be festive and light. What's better than bubbles to get you off to a great start?!
When we talk about bubbles, champagne is usually the first thing we think of and it is often a very good choice. But then again, for a vin d'honneur, you should not forget that you will have to buy a significant number of bottles and the bill can very quickly skyrocket depending on the type of champagne you are going to go for.
To limit the costs, the good idea is to favour champagnes from small producers. More affordable than those of the big houses and just as good, the champagnes of winegrowers also have the advantage of being very diverse. Brut, demi-sec, rosé, blanc de blancs (champagnes made from cuvées exclusively from chardonnay) or blanc de noirs (champagnes made from cuvées exclusively from pinot noir and/or from meunier), whatever your preference, there is a good chance that you will find a winegrower's champagne that will make you happy.
If champagne is a good option for your vin d'honneur, you should know that when it comes to sparkling wines, there are plenty of other equally attractive and often less expensive alternatives.
Why not go for a nice crémant, for example?Crémants are made using a method similar to that used for champagnes, which is called the "traditional method", but in other areas of the appellation and with other grape varieties. You will find delicious crémants at very good value for money in the Loire, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Alsace but also in the Jura.
If the crémants don't appeal to you, you can also let yourself be tempted by other sparkling wines just as tasty, such as an effervescent Vouvray, a Clairette de Die, an ancestral Gaillac method, or even a natural sparkling wine (or pet'nat) for a little touch of madness.
Whatever your choice, keep in mind that a quality sparkling wine made outside the Champagne region will always be a better option than a bad champagne.
The most important thing is to select something you like and that is sufficiently unifying (not too sweet and ratherand fresh), so before making your choice, don't hesitate to taste several different champagnes or sparkling wines. Taste them on their own, but also with the accompaniments you intend to serve during the vin d'honneur to check that the pairings work.
In the next article in this "wedding" series, we will look at the question of food and wine pairing with a crucial element in the choice of wines for your wedding: the menu!
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