Dempsey & Carroll’s event curator Austin Ackles sat down with Tana Povolo of A Day in May events to recommend five fantastic wedding champagnes…Here’s what she said:
Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label – There is something to be said about the phrase, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it!” We think French Champagne is the bee’s knees and Veuve Clicquot’s label just happens to be the color of honey. This well-known Champagne has developed a devout following that continues to grow as the brand evolves. Fun packaging and unique gifting ideas have set the company and their products apart and their contemporary approach to traditional champagne appeals to young, modern couples. What better way to invite your bridesmaids and groomsmen to be a part of your wedding party than with the gift of bubbly? The Clicquot Mailbox and Clicquot Clutch both make that possible.
Why buy? Great price point for a French Champagne, well-known, classic taste and brand, fun gifting opportunities
Rose Imperial by Moet Chandon – Think pink; pink Champagne that is! Just the right amount of girly with juicy berry tasting notes this blush hued bubbly would be the perfect way kick off a tea party themed bridal shower complete with vintage china, lush garden floral arrangements and miniature desserts. Light and lively, why not serve this distinctive beverage in one of Waterford’s etched Champagne coupes. The perfect finishing touch!
Why buy? Ladylike flare from a well-known, quality producer. Perfect for pre-wedding festivities or other wedding weekend events.
Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux by Premium Vintage Cellars – No, you’re not seeing things; this unique sparkling wine is indeed a brilliant shade of pastel blue! This Chardonnay based bubbly features a hint of fresh blueberry making the final product “dry, crisp and refreshing”. The perfect color for a waterside affair, Blanc de Bleu would be best served in a crystal clear, modern style flute, or better yet, let your guests enjoy the beautiful label on one of the Piccolo bottles.
Why buy?: Unique, fun color, something different, hint of blueberry is perfect for summer, sold in Piccolo bottles for easy passing and individualized consumption
Blanc de Blancs by L. Mawby Winery – Your first thought when you think of sparkling wine is most likely not Northern Michigan but due to the large bodies of water that surround the Leelanau Peninsula, the temperate climate makes for the perfect place to grow grapes. Listed as one of “The 20 Most Admired People in the North American Wine Industry” by Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine, Proprietor and Winemaker Larry Mawby made his first bubbly in 1984 and has never looked back. Made entirely of Chardonnay grapes, the Blanc de Blancs features “spiced apple aromas” and is described as “zesty and crisp”. Taking a cue from Northern Michigan’s casual, yet sophisticated appeal, this sparkler would stand out in a personalized, stemless flute which could be gifted to the newlyweds with a personalized monogram.
Why buy? Casual enough for a vineyard wedding with a relevant palette for Champagne lovers
Sparkling Pinot Grigio by 2Lads Winery – Another fabulous Michigan sparkler this time from the Old Mission Peninsula, the Sparkling Pinot Grigio from 2Lads is as unique as the bottle it comes in. “Natural aromatics of almond biscotti, baked pear, toasted oats and crisp apple” tease the palette as you imbibe in this Brut bubbly. The pry off cap and sleek bottle design may convert your microbrew loving man over to the dark- or light and refreshing- side. So grab your sweetie along with a well-stocked picnic basket (GoVino glasses are great for the outdoors) and head to the hills for a relaxing pre-wedding night out.
Why buy? Unexpected, traditional with a modern edge, approachable to the masses, low quantity high quality producer
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