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Offline MoButter

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Champagne for Christmas
« on: December 22, 2009, 05:12:22 PM »
Any suggestions for Christmas day. DH gets caviar for us to enjoy and it's my job to get the champagne. I have liked Dom in the past but am open to suggestions. The Dom Perignon at Kroger is vintage 2000 at $159.00. Thoughts? Thanks!

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Re: Champagne for Christmas
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2009, 05:44:05 PM »
Just some thoughts...  There are lots of bottles that are worth exploring.  Dom Perignon is not bad stuff at all, but I think they have made lots of money just on their famous name over the years.  I'm not sure of any of the vintage years on the brands I've listed below, but an experienced wine enthusiast should be able to help you.  If you're in the area, Lloyd at Old Milton Beverage in Alpharetta is really top notch.  Some bottlers worth exploring:

J. Schram, Vintage Krug, Louis Roederer (They make Cristal but there are others out there), Bollinger, Pol Roger...

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Re: Champagne for Christmas
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2009, 05:57:45 PM »
You can get some nice Grower's Champagne (if you can find it) for a good bit less than DP.  Here's an article from the WSJ:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704107104574569863095511276.html

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Re: Champagne for Christmas
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2009, 06:02:28 PM »
And some more suggestions:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703558004574583913003172476.html

We've always enjoyed the New Mexican Gruet, a great value at < $20, if you're serving a crowd. 

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Re: Champagne for Christmas
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2009, 07:05:01 AM »
My wife got a bottle of Mumm Napa as a gift for one of our friends. We have had it in the past and it is pretty good bubbly. Less than $20 I think. Dom is good stuff though, I think we have a bottle stashed somewhere, need to see if I can find it.

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Re: Champagne for Christmas
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2009, 07:08:11 AM »
Prosecco has been our choice this year. You can find really good bottles for $20.
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Re: Champagne for Christmas
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2009, 09:56:55 AM »
Prosecco has been our choice this year. You can find really good bottles for $20.

GG has gotten us a few bottles of Prosecco as well. I also have been drinking Moscato d' Asti but some bottles have been too sweet for GG.

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Re: Champagne for Christmas
« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2009, 07:50:31 AM »
http://www.slate.com/id/2239008/

Good news for bubbly fans in the above article.  Champagne makers are getting their comeuppance for gouging customers during the pre-recession boom.  Now they are stuck with lots of unsold merchandise, an estimated 1 billion bottles in France, and prices are dropping.  You could get vintage Cristal for under $175 a bottle and pretend you're P-Diddy for a night, or get even better deals on grower and non-vintage varieties.
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Re: Champagne for Christmas
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2009, 04:13:15 PM »
Thanks for all the great suggestions guys. We got a bottle of Veuve Clicquot as a gift and I had a bottle of Prosecco. It beats spending $159.00 for some Dom. Merry merry all!

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Re: Champagne for Christmas
« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2009, 06:07:24 PM »
We bought a bottle of Prosecco today and I am wondering if it is dry or fruity, hopefully not sweet? Never had it before but we are planning on having it we appetizers tomorrow.

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Re: Champagne for Christmas
« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2009, 09:06:12 AM »
Much of the prosecco I've found will have a brut or extra dry designation, same as champagne. If it doesn't specify, at a decent wine shop the sales person generally knows which it is. Hope you got the right one.
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Re: Champagne for Christmas
« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2009, 12:09:09 PM »
Here's some trivia for you in time for New Year's Eve: "Extra Dry" is actually sweeter than Brut.  Keep that in mind when you're picking up for end-of-decade bubbly.

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Champagne under $40
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2009, 09:16:36 AM »

 

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