Eddies Boots wrote:How many occasions do you guys have that warrants a champagne-like wine?
I had a bottle I was given after a project that just seemed to sit there - and since no "occasion" came along i decided i would drink it like any other wine with dinner - just seemed wrong. (Also I decided I did not want to start thinking of it as my WGUAFC celebration tipple cos I did not want to jinx it.)
Ah, thing is, in our house we don't really regard fizz as requiring a special occasion - especially if you look for great tasting stuff at a much lower price than Champagne. Things like the ALDI Cremant or various Proseccos and Cava can be a good first bottle at the weekend, say if you're cooking around 6pm with a view to eating an hour or two later.
And you can mix it up - make a 'Champagne Cocktail' instead - except it's never Champagne, as explained - by dropping a sugar cube in the bottom of the glass, adding a little brandy to soak into it, and then topping up with bubbly. Or buy a red fizz like an Aussie Shiraz [about £8 or £9]. Then you can save your bottle of still wine for the meal.
When we got married, we took a trip over to France to buy all the booze and ended up with a car full of fizz that tasted bloody marvellous for about a quarter of the price of bog standard Champagne.
And it's easy enough to Google the best Champagne alternatives. There are loads of 'em. Basically, if you're a tight bastard like me, don't ever pay for the label.