I think it’s partially due to my uncontrollable instinct to celebrate every minute occasion, but I have always adored drinking champagne. If the gorgeous glasses and endless amount of bubbles weren’t enough, it was the notion that even the little moments are toast-worthy that has shaped me into the semi-amateur champagne connoisseur I am today.
But alas, despite the many (perhaps too many) reasons I have to celebrate with a glass of bubbly, I’m also broke as a joke. A not-very-funny-joke. And so, I’ve taken it upon myself to find the best bottles for the lowest prices to enjoy at any moment that calls for pinkies raised and a chorus of “cheers!”
To simplify, I’ll narrow it down into my three top categories: the Sunday Brunch, the Crowdpleaser and the Date Night Delight. Yes, I have an addiction to alliteration. I also enjoy rhyming. Just go with it, okay?
Not sure what’s better – the delicious breakfast food or the accompanying bottomless mimosas. Why choose? If you’re in charge of hosting Sunday brunch this weekend, choose a cheaper champagne – once you mix in a splash of orange juice, it doesn’t make sense to splurge on an expensive tasting bottle of brut. I reccomend J. Roget ($6 at my local store), Cook’s or even Andre. Yes, the champagne of your college days is appropriate for brunch! Unless you’re hosting the in-laws…
New Year’s? Birthday party? Bachelorette weekend? If you need a bottle of champagne to toast with a crowd, go with a mid-range option that compromises taste and price, like Korbel’s brut ($10), You’ll want something delicious but nothing that breaks the bank, especially if you’ve got a lot of people to cheers with!
Date Night Delight
On our recent trip to Punta Cana, I wanted to test out the theory I’d heard that you CAN in fact pack unopened alcohol in your checked luggage. Yes, we were going to an all-inclusive resort, but I wasn’t sure what they’d offer and I knew I’d want a glass of champagne (or 3) to celebrate our first time traveling together. I ended up choosing Piper Sonoma on a whim and it’s been my go-to ever since. At less than $15, this dry and citrusy brut is one of the best I’ve ever had, and affordable enough for a weekend treat.
See? You can feel elegant without emptying your wallet! These are only a few of the many (seriously MANY) bottles I’ve tasted, but I can fully endorse each and every category. Maybe I’ll take one for the team and try out a second round for installment #2 of Champagne Guide for the Broke Girl – maybe ; )