With stories of proposals and engagements buzzing around town, I wanted to focus our first blog posting which will help you narrow down the wine focus. For this blog posting, I thought I would stick to one of my favorite engagement party ideas, a Champagne and Dessert party! What better way to celebrate than with some bubbly and chocolate!
When I asked Cheri to help us with the champagne selection, she couldn’ on what to serve at an Engagement Party. From backyard bbq’s to formal dinners, there is no protocol to mark the event. The first step in planning any event is to pick a themet help but smile! Here is Cheri’s advice on what type of champagnes you should choose…
As a wine geek, I can’t help but get excited about the possibilities for engagement party wine choices! And what engagement party would be complete without a little bubbly? There is of course the one true classic-Champagne, which, of course, only the bubbly from this region can claim the ‘Champagne’ title and costs a bit extra. However, there are sparkling wines from around the world that are at once affordable and sexy. Let’s take a look…
Sparkling wines from South Africa have recently popped onto the scene with the Graham Beck Brut NV selected by Michelle Obama for President Obama’s acceptance speech. This truly affordable wine tastes of lemon pith, almond skin, hazelnut and mineral on the finish.
Another red-hot choice is to go with a sparkling dry rosé. Well-made rosés, both still and sparkling, have gained popularity in the past few years. Not only do they often match the color and flavors of celebrations, rosés are a catalyst for uplifting emotions. For an affordable choice try sparkling rosés from Burgundy, Spain and Bordeaux. I particularly like the Jaillance Cremant de Bordeaux Brut NV . The Jaillance is crisp, dry (meaning no sugar), and entices with raspberry and pomegranate. Trust me, it’s mouth-watering goodness!
If money is no object for you, look for Grower Champagne. They are the new and thrilling trend from this region where the grapes receive the upmost attention and care from the vineyard through production. Think of Grower Champagne as being as sexy as the first night on your Honeymoon…
One of my favorites is the Pierre Peters Brut NV . This Grower Champagne tastes of brioche, almond skin and has a voluptuous mouth feel. Serve extra chilled and it will surely make you swoon!
If you want to add a touch of sweetness try a Moscato D’Asti from Northern Italy. This is a slightly sweet, effervescent wine that delicately coats your palette with tastes of melon, apricot, white flowers and peach, and pairs brilliantly with chocolate and fruit. If you’ve never tried this combo before I suggest you run out to your local wine shop now, ask for a Moscato D’Asti (they’re inexpensive and pack a lot of goodness!), get your chocolate on and spend some quality time with your fiancé. Not a bad idea for an engagement party warm-up, eh?
So with all these sparkling wines, what to choose? Now is the time to pick the theme of your party, and from there you can choose bubbly that not only complements the foods you will serve, but the colors and mood as well. To find out more about our new sommelier, check Cheri out at cheriwalters.com . We are looking forward to helping you plan your next event!
Stay tuned next month when we feature wines to serve at your bridal shower!