One of the chief topics of complaints often heard about weddings is the champagne or sparkling wine. Guests usually hate what is served and the couple can’t believe how much the total cost is. If you are going to spend that amount on a beverage for the toast — make it something memorable.
Discarding tradition, champagnes and sparkling wines actually do not pair that well with wedding cake! Rather than spend a fortune on a wine that does not even pair that well, go for something a little more unique. Most weddings serve a sparkling wine instead of Champagne, as a true Champagne must come from the Champagne region of France and usually carries a bigger price tag per bottle.
If you want to stick with tradition and serve some bubbly during your toast, consider one of these three sparkling wines that you and your guests are sure to love.
Almond Sparkling Wine from Wilson Creek Winery ($16.95)
This bubbly delight has a slight almond flavor that is a nice compliment to a rich wedding cake. It is one of the most popular wines available from Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula. Unlike many sparkling wines, this one pairs quite nicely with chocolate based desserts and would make an excellent choice for a wedding toast.
For an added element, Wilson Creek Winery offers label personalization so you can have custom bottles created for your special day. Pick up a few extra to give as gifts to your wedding party too!
To purchase the Almond Sparkling Wine, visit Wilson Creek Winery, order online, or check with them to find out what retail outlets sell their wines.
Domaine Chandon Sparkling Red ($26.00)
This is a truly unique wine that while still better paired with food, will be a great addition to your wedding day. This is not a traditional sparkling wine seen that often. It is a blend of Pinot Noir and Zinfandel still wines that have undergone fermentation while still on the skins. Next, the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle, giving it the sparkling wine element. Tasting notes from Domaine Chandon reveal concentrated flavors of black cherry, sweet cranberry, and hints of juniper berries.
To purchase the Domaine Chandon Sparkling Red, visit their tasting room in the Napa Valley, order online, or check with them to see what locations sell the Sparkling Red.
Rosa Regale Sparkling Wine ($19.99)
This is one of the best choices for a wedding cake toast — especially if you have fruit filling or a rich chocolate cake. This wine is more of a dessert sparkling wine so it tends to be sweeter than other traditional sparkling wines. It has fruity and floral aromas, and noticeable strawberry and raspberry flavors on the palate.
Rosa Regale is produced in one of the smallest wine regions in Italy and comes from Brachetto grapes grown in the town of Acqui Terme, which is located in the Piedmont region. This wine is widely available in grocery stores and wine stores across California and other regions. BevMo also carries it and often runs specials discounting it from the typical retail price of $20 per bottle. To see other locations that carry Rosa Regale, check their website and use the “locator” feature to check your closest geographic region.